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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 3 2013: A wonderful subject and one that is close to my heart. I am from India, but live in UAE, where my child goes to a regular Indian curriculum school. The problem I have with today’s education system is that it has become a ‘system’! I strongly feel, we should ponder and pursue enlightenment rather than mere academics.

    If we ask any Indian school going child the question ‘Who discovered America?’ the almost guaranteed answer will be Columbus, of course. The bright student may even know the famous story that Columbus thought he had reached India and therefore called the people he found Indians.

    If imparting knowledge and develop critical thinking are goals of education, the answer showcases utter failure of the system prevalent in the world. For e.g. no one ever asks the obvious: How can anyone get credit for discovering a land that was already populated? Columbus could be the first European to discover America, but definitely not the first man! The assertion about Columbus reveals a certain mind-set and the bias goes undetected and unquestioned.

    John Taylor Gatto, said “I want you to consider the frightening possibility that we are spending far too much money on schooling, not too little. I want you to consider that we have too many people employed in interfering with the way children grow up--and that all this money and all these people, all the time we take out of children's lives and away from their homes and families and neighbourhoods and private explorations--gets in the way of education.”

    As soon as our child hits year 3 (at times even earlier!), we scamper around in search of the proverbial utopian setting for them to spend their complete childhood and in our delusion we run behind ‘quality’ ready-made education, which often times turns our children into nothing short of programmed beings.

    "For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain"-D.Sayers

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