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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 13 2013: The Philippines
    For decades we have followed a 10 year basic education program. 6 years in elementary school and 4 years high school. No pre school. No kindergarten. No middle school. When an american student graduates highschool, afilipino student graduates a 4 year college course. But the problem in our old system, we have to spend a year and a half in collegelearning stuff we should have learned in basic education wasting college time and not guareenteing decent jobs for high school graduates. Today, we replaced it with a k+12 curriculum, with a kindergarten, 6 year elementary, 4 years Jr. high and 2 years senior high. Senior high acts like a vocational, a pre-college course. You can choose technician/vocational, academic/sciences and arts/sports which is a pre college specialization. Last year our government launch the new curriculum and I am one of th pioneer batches, one of the first grade seven students. I hope thus works.

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