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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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    Sep 1 2013: I believe it is more or less the same all around the world. In some societies like mine, Iran, we are in a transition from an agricultural society to an industrial and to some extent a modern one. People have't been exposed to any thing beyond industrialism and modernity; I believe they have set their standards just at that level. And to my surprise, they more or less enjoy it and struggle for it.
    I believe we are in need of a change from within people to foster any change in the society. They need to be exposed to some good stuff, new models and role models; this can hopefully help tham raise their standards and in the long run bring about some real change. They are victims of and slaves to some out dated standards that have been passed on to them from their fathers. This leaves no room for blaming neither people nor even the educational authorities.
    I believe artists, movie makers, and all those who have managed to step out of this vicious circle can help change the situation just by providing higher standards and methods to achieve them.
    We are in desperate need for change, but we can't gain it unless we are offered something far beyound the daily routines. We need more then innovation, we need revolution.
    • Sep 3 2013: I appreciate your thoughts! Your point of view as a citizen in Iran towards the education is quite interesting, since I believe it is very different from the ideas I had gotten from most people. I now get an idea that developing countries are facing this problem of education in a different way. I believe that the problem in your country, Iran, can be solved at least a little by some help from developed countries. You said that people in Iran need to be exposed to some of the new ideas in order to raise their standards. I think this can be done by developed nations since they have new technology, new methods, and new education which we focus on. Since developed countries had undergone the same situation that the developing nations are facing with currently, developed ones can give some new ideas and information to them. This can be done by world's participation such as holding an international conference in terms of understanding the developing countries's situation and offering help. It might prevent civil wars as well. Relating to education, education would be one of the main topics that those conferences would focus on. Constant communication is what I think must be done in the international society, playing a significant role in education revolution as well.

      Perhaps my idea has gone too far. Although it is not what we as citizens can do right now, it can bring an innovation and revolution to Iran as well as others. What is your opinion?

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