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Aja B.
  • Aja B.
  • New York, NY
  • United States

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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 15 2013: Hi! Also from the Philippines:

    Just today, our government passed into law the K-12 program, which would extend school from ten years to twelve. It's been a controversial change, actually, and a lot of people here are still uncomfortable with it. The argument is that extending two more years of school would put heavy financial strains on parents who usually cannot afford to let their children finish schooling (less than ten percent of Filipino children will graduate from college).

    The problem with education here is really money. Parents can't afford to send their kids to school. The government can't afford to give teachers good pay, much less build new classrooms and buy new equipment. Schools have morning classes from 6am-12noon and afternoon classes from 1pm-6pm just to accommodate students. This leads to teachers who are underpaid but overworked.

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