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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: Judy, you are absolutely right about the "prestigious university phenomenon", and also about the socio-cultural implications on the education system. I wish there were more insightful people like you in India. Here's what I think about the driving factors behind the flawed education system in India.

    Education has always been an elite privilege in India. Since ancient times, only the royalty and upper caste children were admitted in schools called as gurukuls. Here the teacher and students lived together and learnt through practical experiences. It was flawed because it thrived on maintaining the caste structure.

    Once the British took over India, they needed people who could understand their language and help them administer their rule in India. They opened English medium schools. Their main motive was to have English speaking Indians, not informed educated Indians. They did promote literacy among all castes and classes but enlightenment was not the core motive of their education policies. I do admit that they have helped eradicate many evils in our society but they have also added other evils like the class system.

    Under the British rule, everything became competitive. The only way to get a government job was to memorize the maximum information that they provided and pass the civil service exams. Like you said, here was an opportunity for the lower caste to change their lives by clearing the exams. After the British left India, the same trend has continued. Education is a means to get a job, earn money, and live a better life. Parents still believe in the same concept. Getting a certificate is all that matters here in India.

    Education should prepare children for life and not merely for a profession. All this hatred, envy, crime, corruption and immorality is greatly due to the flawed education system. I have a lot to share but the 2000 character count in TED is limiting. We should talk more about this and learn from each other's experiences.
    • Aug 29 2013: I feel like I have just read a whole book about India's educational problem and its factors! I believe that current education systems in each country had been affected by some events in the past somehow, in spite of which country it is, including India and Korea.

      Education has been the most complicated issue from past to present in Korea. As you would probably know, Eastern cultures have emphasized educating children since ancient times. They eventually forced children to stuff as many informations as possible into their heads and they only pursued prestigious universities. In the society of excessive competence, even elementary schoolers get a lot of stress from studying. It is not a funny thing that those little kids envy and even hate those who got better scores on exam. In Korean schools, your value is determined by others by how much you have achieved on exams.

      One thing you might not be sure about is that in Korea a child's edcuation is not only his/her problem. It is whole family members' business. Getting good scores on exams and going into great colleges are the results of consistent push and anticipations from the family members, moms in particular. Even in Korea there is a term called 'helicopter mom', representing mothers who have excessive protection and interference no matter where the kids go.

      In my country, Korea, there are barely any cheatings in tests. However, there is something that have made education unequal. It is called 'private education.' I suppose that this is one of the major problems in Korea, because it destroys the true meaning of education. Those kids who has been raised up in a rich family can get private education, which is being educated outside of schools. Moreover, almost every single school teaches students as if they take private education as granted, meaning that they assume students already know everything due to private education.

      Since I don't have any character remaining, I will explain this further later on!

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