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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 4 2013: Argentina guy here!! Highschooler, too.

    I am deeply disgusted with our educational system. Not only is it getting worse every year but nobody even tries to fix it!! We have around 10 fixed subjects every year and of those 10 you usually hate around 5. Classes are completely uninteresting, boring and have little use later in life (there are exceptions of course, I've had teachers with whom I've learned a lot). Technology is a problem, the usage of cellphones, a sin.

    Take for example my literature class, especially last year. Not only did we read dinosaurs of the library, but they were written in ancient Spanish. Literature class is supposed to encourage reading, not making you hate it. A lot of teachers here believe that just because education is obligatory and because you are the student you have to get through whatever they want and decide. In fact the word for student in Spanish is "alumno", means without light in Latin.

    Even if schools are willing to change things the system is designed in such a way that they cannot. For example, my school wanted to offer French as an alternative to English but the system required them to start teach French to everyone, not just Freshmen, but Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores too which is crazy because they have no base at all!!

    And please don't even get me started on motivation or leadership development. Well, in fact I will: we have almost none whatsoever. How sick is that? What can a country achieve when their citizens don't feel motivated to do anything nor there is someone to lead them?

    Since I came back from my exchange in the US I've been trying to do some stuff to change things a little, at least within my school borders. It's tough, especially because I only have around 5 months left and the list is too long. Also, I have a limited support (around 3 teachers) and limited resources, but hey, I'd rather do something than watch the following generations burn their neurons with alcohol like a lot of mine did.

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