For teenagers, the influence of adults is especially important.
KBS 2TV’s “School 2017” showcases how adults protect students and help foster their dreams. In addition to the stories of each student, the adults in “School 2017” are especially playing key roles to encourage the youngsters’ seemingly unreachable dreams.
For example, to Oh Sa Rang (Park Se Wan), her dream is for her mother to live in a better environment. Due to her family’s financial difficulties, Oh Sa Rang never complains or thinks about herself. Her mother says, “You can do it [complain]. That’s what children are supposed to do to their mothers. Don’t worry about me, Sa Rang. If I’m really struggling, I’ll tell you. Give me an opportunity to act like a mother.” With her mother’s encouragement, Oh Sa Rang starts to explore what she wants to do in her life.
On the other hand, there is Hwang Young Gun (Ha Seung Ri), who lives her life like there is no tomorrow, because she doesn’t know what kind of life she wants. To this, Han Soo Ji (Han Sun Hwa) encourages her by saying, “You are doing well. Your way of life may be the right way.” Until this point, Hwang Young Gun had only been pointed fingers at because she was a bad student. This was the first time an adult understood her.
Additionally, Issue (SF9’s Rowoon) was booted out of “Geum Sang Cheom Hwa.” He tries to pretend like he is okay, but P.E. teacher Jung Joon Soo (Min Sung Wook) picks up on how upset he is. Jung Joon Soo advises Issue by saying, “There’s no rule that says one person only gets to have one dream in their life. It also doesn’t mean once you decide what you want to be, you can’t change it.” As someone that had to give up his dream of playing baseball due to an injury, Jung Joon Soo gave Issue the courage to start finding a new dream.
“School 2017” is being praised for encouraging the fragile, but boundless dreams of 18-year-olds.