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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 24 2013: all people have right to be educated, but most of em "being educated" is not educating at all. human was born with variety of skills and distinctive capabilities. in my country (indonesia) the education system is like uuummm, just imagine fish,monkey,giraffe,tiger, and penguin then the teacher says to climb a tree in front of'em to finish their test. that's the system in my country. -_-"
    • Aug 30 2013: Haha, I understood your point clearly! I think standardization is one of the main world-wide issues in terms of education. What you had said is the exact same situation happening in my country South Korea, as well as numerous other countries. It really needs to be eradicated. Teaching students how to be exam machines is not what we want in our society, in our world. Since the world have changed rapidly, new solutions should be developed and put into practice. Being successful and living a happy life is not from being exactly the same with others. If we desire to make the world into a better place, we must respect each one's diversity and distinguishing features.

      If an apple seed pretends to be an orange just because orange seems valuable, the apple seed would never grow an orange tree. Although the apple seed has gotten all nutrients and water that oranges get, the apple seed is an apple itself, not an orange. This apple seed should never try to be an orange; what it must do is to try to grow the best apple tree.

      We are apple seeds in this world. Some of us choose what we will do in the future depending on those wrong ideas such as certain jobs are the best, ignoring what our hearts says. This may not be our own fault because the current education system has shown us only one way of being successful, which is to stuff as many things into our heads as possible. However, we can never achieve what we want when we do tasks reluctantly and being forced by others. The education must help students find their own seed -in spite of what kind of seeds they are- and continuously support them. Education should be respecting one's distinguishing personalities and thoughts, not forcing the students into one way.
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        Aug 31 2013: you've got the point judy, are you a college student? because you have a unique way of thinking, remarkable.
        that actually happen now in our young generation about teaching and learning in grade-hunting contest or we could say "school". i was surprised when you say the system was actually happening in your country, cause i thought south korea has more something to do with educational development.

        after all, the issue will always lead us to the performance of government, they play an important role in developing of education system. the important questions are when? when will the "old-system" change? and how? how do we eradicate it?
        • Sep 1 2013: Actually, I am about to turn into 15 (in American age). I am glad that you thought I have a unique way of thinking. I greatly appreciate your comment!

          According to statistics, South Korea is actually in the first place in terms of educational development. However, I think this is incorrect, because they only meant 'low literacy rate' by educational development. In other words, they did not include how students are forced to only study for their exams nor how students themselves think about the learning system. They did not pay attention to the actual process of the result. If you want to learn more about it, please read the comment just below, a comment to Robit Daniel. It talks about the whole thing behind the education system in South Korea. It starts with "I feel like~."

          I agree with you that we must figure out how we can start putting all this into practice. We need to create a feasible plan so we can actually eradicate the old education system. Numerous people had thought about it, but nothing really changed. It won't create any changes if we plan to write a petition to the government now. What I think important these days is to gather more and more people who have the same revolutionary ideas with us. Around the world there are lots of educational clubs, NGOs, and other smaller groups. The problem is that those people have no access to one another.

          I am thinking of creating an online network that will help people to connect and communicate. If this is actually created and is spreaded to the world, we would be able to make the changes that everyone desires.

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