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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: In contrast the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) is considered one of the world’s premiere evaluation education systems – it compares various countries worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in participating countries/economies through exercises in Reading, Mathematics, and Science Literacy. Since it emerged at the inception of the PISA as the top scoring nation and with its consistent high scores, educational researchers have been pouring into Finland to study what they call the “Finnish miracle” – as Finnish students consistently top the PISA Scores –leading many to seek out what the secret of their success is.

    Some of the prominent features of the Finnish education systems are:

    (a) The age of Seven - Finnish children do not start primary school until the age of Seven!

    (b) Non-competitive ethos - Students in Finland sit no mandatory exams until the age of 17-19. Schools aren’t ranked against each other, teachers don’t face formal reviews, and students aren’t under intense pressure to get into college.

    (c) Emphasis on role of teacher – Great emphasis is put on pupil and teacher trust and well-being.

    (d) Connection to nature and outdoor learning

    (e) Autonomy in learning and personalized/individualized approach – The pedagogical freedom experienced facilitates greater creativity, proactivity and innovation positively shaping the minds of teachers and pupils alike.

    (f) Lack of technology – Finnish schools have a marked emphasis on project based collaborative learning that requires deep thinking and sharing ideas.

    Merely establishing more schools is not the answer. Developing educational institutions and cultures that can teach every subject in the wholesome context sans-competition is a monumental task. But without it we’ll continue to spread ignorance in the name of education. In summary, true education when acquired is intended to produce works that in turn produce a state.

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