International Delivery

Young Jin, 32, was a solo flyer when she arrived at South Korea's Incheon International Airport last December for her flight to Los Angeles—except for the fact that she was 8 1/2 months pregnant. The airline made her sign a waiver in case she went into labor during the 12-hour passage. It was a risky trip, but Young Jin (who doesn't want her family name in print) was flying to deliver her unborn child from Korea's hellish school system.

Koreans are education zealots, partly because of Confucian tradition but also because a degree from a top university is...

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