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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 7 2013: Hey Judy, I'm from Singapore. So the culture here is pretty much similar to that of South Korea. I think it's the culture here in Asia. Here in Singapore, it's really 'teaching to the test'. Students are flooded with information and students basically just cram their heads memorizing all these information in order to ace their tests. Here in Singapore, results mean everything. I think that many fail to realize the purpose of education. Why do we go to school? What is our purpose? What drives us? What is our motivation? Many students here in Singapore can be coined as 'lifeless mushrooms'. They are like robots, basically, taking in heaps of information and spewing them out in tests. They do not know why they are doing so.In fact, many people in my school do not even have an ambition, or a dream. The education system here in Singapore does not give up the space we need to develop ourselves holistically, it does not give us the chance to explore our interests and dwell in our passion. It gives us very little space for individuality and uniqueness. Schools here kill creativity and kill individuality. This is why Asia does not produce any "Steve Jobs or Bill Gates". We concentrate too much on route learning but we miss out on the soft skills, creativity and thinking. Instead, we should have more of experiential learning and have the chance to explore outside the classroom. There is so much more to learn outside the classroom, there is so much more knowledge outside to gain. We should have classes outside the classroom. We should be given the chance to explore, discover and develop, because it's these things that stick with us for a long time, not the cramming of information into our brains. We should get away from 'teaching to the test' and aim more towards 'teaching to learn'. Education does not equal to academics, and what we lack now is a good education system.

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