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How are students educated in schools in YOUR country, where you came from?

Each country has a different education system. In most of the Eastern countries, students are only forced to go to great universities, in spite of their careers and what they want to do in the future. Since I am a student in South Korea, I am forced to only get good scores on exams and surrounded with full of excessive competitions among students. The whole society forces us to go to a famous college and just to gain reputations.

However, many people detect that the current education system is on the wrong track; and although a lot of people stood up in order to reform it, not many significant changes have happened. So I am willing to make an organization to change the current education system and lead the students into the right way of future. Before I actually put it into practice, I really want to hear from all of you about what your countries' real purpose of education is and how students are educated in schools. It would help me learn about education systems from all around the world, from diversity of countries. I would certainly appreciate your participation!

When I was researching for education around the world, I came to a conclusion that every nation's education is deeply connected with different cultures and historical backgrounds. So if you know anything about your country's history or cultures related to education, I would greatly appreciate it.

P.S Since I am a middle school student and have assignments to complete, it would take sone time for me to answer your comments. If you don't mind, I might write you back little later.


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  • Aug 30 2013: Hey there,

    I want to tell you a bit about the extremly weird german school system. Germany is made up of sixteen Länder (singular Land, colloquially called Bundesland, for "federated state"), which are the partly sovereign constituent states of the Federal Republic of Germany and every single one of them has a different school system. Most of them have a Tripartite System which means that in the 4th grade the teacher has to decide which students will go to a low, middleclass or highschool. You can only study if you went to a highschool (in German "Gymnasium"). When you went to the lowschool (in German "Hauptschule") you don't have very big chances to get any job at all. If you went to the middleschool (in German "Realschule") you are most likely to do a dual vocational education and training for a specific job or field of expertise. The problem is that rich kids from Parents with university degrees of their own are much more likely to go to a highschool than kids from working class familiys. Even the statistics support that argument. The Tripartite System itself automatically creates an social unequality and a three class society. The next problem are teachers that have to decide for 10 year old kids one of the most important decisions of their lives. I was sent to a lowschool because my parents wheren't rich and didn't have any university degrees of their own. I am studying today but I had to fight really hard for it. Howsoever this system is just nuts. Take a look at this diagramm http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ADeutsches_Bildungssystem-quer.svg

    • Sep 1 2013: I greatly appreciate your comments, Jan Hachmann! I had this stereotype that countries in Europe has developed in terms of education systems far more than us. But I was totally shocked by what you informed about German educational system, associating with the problem of unequality.

      In South Korea there is a term called private education, which is creating an unequality for social classes as well. Poor people cannot afford any private learning such as tutoring and academies (We call it 'Hag-won' in Korean) while the rich apparently gains the help from private education due to the financial support from their parents. Schools are teaching math and English in the level of students who already got private education, meaning that those who did not get tutoring nor Hag-won have trouble keeping up with other students. Since math and English are the subjects Korean schools are focused on the most, this is an issue we Koreans can never ignore. Because how much you are paid in Korean society is somewhat determind by what university you had graduated as well as your accomplishments, private education is creating further rich and poor disparity and the pass of wealth from generations.

      However, I never knew even a school system is creating a wealth disparity in the other side of the world. This system in Germany should really be fixed as soon as possible.

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