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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 31 2013: In the United States, education is provided free to every student from Kindergarten through Year 12 of school, or high school. From that point on education is paid by the student.

    Families may qualify for assistance for students who are younger than 5 years old, kindergarten, if they qualify for special education. Then they have support systems in place.

    Students attend schools based on where they live, the local school or where they choose to transport their children too. The system includes public schools and private schools as well as some that are a mix of public and private funding.

    Education is based on your work efforts. It is not merit based. Some classes require pre-requisites to attend, but those classes can be attended by any who meet the requirements.

    The significant differences come from the rich and the poor areas. In reality, most rich areas provide for their children at a high level both economically and socially. Poor areas don't get the funding or the same level of support. However, in theory, the same opportunities are available to all students for success based on their hard work.

    In the Unites States, students must take high stakes tests, which may or may not affect their education long term. The greatest complaint from the public is that students are failing these tests and teachers are doing a good job on them.
    • Sep 1 2013: Thank you for your comment, Everett Hill. You explained the education system in United States very objectively. I guess rich and poor disparity is greatly associated with education, and this is another major problem of world wide education. Here is what is currently happening in South Korea in terms of wealth disparity.

      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.

      Also, you've mentioned students failing tests, is it related with 'drop out'? I have heard that this was a serious educational issue in United States. I take this quite interesting because in the country where I am from there is barely any drop out, but still having other types of complicated problems.
      • Sep 3 2013: I am very familiar with the South Korean system as I am currently teaching in a school in South Korea. Many of my students previously attended SK schools and now attend an international school.

        Test failure and drop out, in my opinion, are not related. On some level they would be, but in most cases, the students just don't want to attend school. Or life circumstances dictate that they drop out. Many drop outs choose to leave not because they are not passing, but for other reasons.

        What is not stated in the dropout rate is that a percentage of those "dropouts" go back and finish schooling. But they are still called "dropouts" for statistical reasons.

        There are many people living off the system in the United States. There are also many who are working to improve their lives. There is an assumption though that people will be taken care of. Education is valued but it is hard work and not everyone values it. Those that don't have support at home, don't move on to higher ed.

        At some level, you have a group that is not well educated, maybe not even high school graduates, who have children and don't value education. So, unless something changes in the child, they are not likely to finish education. This is a poverty level issue. Even great teachers may not inspire those kids because they see no hope.

        I think the issue of "hope for a better future" has to be instilled in these kids. Teachers alone can't do it. Parents have to stand beside them and value education for them to get inspired.

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