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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: Judy,

    I grew up in the USA and went to the standard schools...grammar school for 6 years, middle school for 3 years and high school for 3 years, and finally on to University for 5 years obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. For 17 years of academic schooling, I didn't know a single thing about what I am in spirit or inspired to be and to do, nothing about who I am in personality and character nor the power of choice, and certainly nothing about what I love to do for the sake of doing it. I believe strongly that education would benefit from teaching how to live authentically and offer more on the spiritual aspects of life and love, such as how to relax in stressful situations, how to honor, respect and love the human body, and the importance of happiness and free will to make choices.
    • Sep 3 2013: I appreciate your response, Dan Hegerich! Problem you had suffered during early years is the same thing currently happening among the students in South Korea. What you said about teaching students how to live authentically and how to live with others is exactly what I am focusing on right now. What I think is that school should be like a "miniature" of a society. We are supposed to be developing our opinions everyday, cooperating in order to solve difficult problems, and dealing with conflicts we have with friends and teachers. However, most schools are not in this way at all. They only focus on memorizing stuff like new math formula, frankly speaking, obsessed with it.

      United States as well as South Korea needs to adapt Northern Europe's school system as soon as possible. By adapting I don't mean accomodating everything in Northern Europe, I mean learning lots of things from it. Since all nations have different historical backgrounds and cultural differences, I believe we also need to change some parts and merge with own cultures, although still Northern Europe's education system is great.

      What is Barach Obama saying about nation's education? Or is he at least mentioning the problem? I heard that Obama mentioned education systems in South Korea and even complimented it, which I as a student in South Korea never understand.

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