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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: Hello, Judy. Firstly I am so glad to see my fellow countryman here in TED:) I'm also South-Korean, studying in the university. Are you a high school student? These days, education department announces a lot kinds of different education systems and this causes korean students to get confused(plus, there parents). Although, I already passed the exam called "Exam for entrance university(수능), still thinking that it is unreasonable systems in some aspects.
    • Aug 30 2013: Wow, I have never expected to see a person who comes from the same country as me. Actually, this is my third year in middle school, just preparing for high school. Since you are a Korean university student, may I ask you a question? Is there any organization or a club that you know -even in your university- that is currently working on reforming the education? It is still alright if you have no idea. I still like the fact that I met Korean!
      • Aug 31 2013: Oh, are you a student in middle school? I hope that I would be young as you. Although, I am just passing my early twenties, sometimes I miss my youth as a student in the middle, high school. As far as I know, Clubs you mentioned do not exist in most Korean universities. Because, college students are obsessed with SPEC, so when they enter the university, forgetting their hard days as test-takers.
        Same here, Judy. I am so happy to meet you and if you want to ask me of something, feel free to ask whenever you want. It will be great if I help you:)
        • Sep 1 2013: I did not know there were not many clubs nor organizations in Korean universities. Besides, I totally understand what you mean by 'obsessed with SPEC'. This is a problem which must be fixed in Korea, only obsessed with scores and careers, without trying to develop ownself. Korean education is real strange in terms of developing own capability because you do far more hard work in the younger ages, if you know what I mean. You get the most private education and study for exams harder than ever in middle and high school years while in college years you do not study that much. Teenage years should be days getting experiences and trying to figure out what you truly want to do, not being forced into studying. I believe this is associated with the circumstance that some university students still have no idea of what they would do in the future.

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