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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 am from Uganda and even after 10 years out of formal school (university), I must say, not much has changed in terms of the teaching methods and curriculum in my country.
    Students are expected to pursue the same route regardless of interests or talents and those that drop off along the way are pushed into career paths that are not only not prestigious but also often times looked down upon by everyone. A student is expected to complete the usual education path of primary school, secondary school and onto univerisity and beyond. Any one who fails to attain the 'coveted' bachelor's degree is often considered a failure.
    As concerns the curriculum, students aren't given a lot of room to express their own personality or creativity. They are usually just pumped full of un-applied theories which doesn't make for a very practical or functioning employable population at the end of the road. Outdated subject material is still being spoon fed to the masses and high exam grades attained after regurgitating this are lauded and praised.
    Because of this, creativity and individuality is killed and buried and anyone who dares to raise above this is considered a rebel. As a proud 'rebel' I am advocating for a change in our national curriculum to embrace more creativity from the students for a more updated working population. Mindsets aren't easy to change but I enjoy moving against the flow!

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