I get the impression that in South Korea, education is life’s most coveted asset. 

A colleague of mine left Korea to come to Singapore, and as he explained it, he was giving up the possibility of making lucrative sums as a tutor  in Seoul, to take a lower paying job at Singapore American School

That sounded a bit crazy to me, considering that SAS teachers are offered  very competitive salaries—far higher than what they would be making if they worked in Europe or North America.

Then I came across this online video story about teachers in Korea making up to $4 million a year.  South Korea’s Millionaire Teachers  Seriously???