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Aja B.
  • Aja B.
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For non-US TEDizens: Can you tell us about your country's education system?

This week's special on American TV, "TED Talks Education," focuses on problems in US schools.

So here's the place for non-Americans to share: What's an issue in your country's education system that you'd like to see a TED Talk about? Who would you ask to speak? Do you have any success stories to share?


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  • May 12 2013: Wow, I'm surprised no one from Australia has commented yet... anyway! I attended schools in two different countries, here's a snippet of how I experienced both of their education systems..

    - Unfortunately, the govt isn't very good here, thus the public schools are pretty much run-down. If you live in the Philippines, you're a little bit better off sending off your children to private schools.
    - Both govt and private schools start their classes very early and finish pretty late. Since schools in the Philippines tend to be overcrowded with not enough teachers, each grade splits classes into "morning" and "afternoon" sessions
    - I get the feeling the reason why schools in the Philippines don't have many teachers is because teachers are ridiculously underpaid here :/
    - A little bit too much rote learning in every school subjects
    - As with many Asian countries, the Philippines tends to focus more on the "academic" subjects and less on arts, PE etc in schools
    - Ranking and exams really important in the schooling system
    - Uni/college entrance is, as with many countries, exam-dependent. I've heard that if you didn't get the right marks, just have the $$$ and the right connections and you can get into the course you want...

    - Definitely less rote learning. In the Philippines, the teachers play more a transmitter role, whereas in Australia they have a more interactive relationship with their students
    - However, I've found that many teachers here seem to be less knowledgeable with content knowledge on the subjects they teach. Especially in primary school, I felt that my maths and science education in particular weren't very high quality at all
    - Content-wise, classes are heaps behind compared to the Philippines. I learned long division n Year 2-3 there, in Australia, Year 6
    - Teachers are heaps more highly-regarded and more fairly-paid than teachers in the Philippines
    - Again, uni/college entrance is exam-based. But fairer than the Philippines imo
    • May 14 2013: 'heaps' eh? do i detect a fellow south aussie? i hope you won't my asking what year range your comments about the australian system are for? i have my own experiences until the late 90s, and i've heard from a few current students, but there's the gap in between and i haven't heard from many current teachers.

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