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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: Hello Judy,

    What I have to say is very short, but I hope it will help some in giving you a perspective on what the educational system in my region is like. I graduated from a high school in central America in 2009, and what I can tell you of the experience is this:

    1) More emphasis is placed on math and science than the humanities and arts. This is a common trend, but what it means for those inclined to the latter subjects is less opportunity to cultivate their own potential in the areas most suited for them. Also there is the inevitable stigma that what they excel in is the "lesser" field, creating in perfectly talented individuals the very same shame that is stunting so many creative students today.

    2) Increasingly more time is spent tailoring students toward scoring high on exams rather than on understanding the purpose and application of the curriculum. It's a bit like showing a beaver the ten most efficient ways to chew off tree limbs without explaining why he's chewing through them. Over the last ten years, the number of state exams and tests has increased dramatically. CRTs, EOIs, 9 weeks tests, 6 weeks tests, 3 weeks tests... And these not including the tests already schedule on a weekly basis by the classes themselves. There are classes now that are focused entirely on helping prepare for testing itself (I was in one of them). Not only does it place stress on the teachers, it stresses the students.

    3) Schools praise "leadership" and give priority to those who exhibit it. While acknowledging leadership is in no way a bad thing, giving credence to only one type of person will have a negative effect no matter what society we relate with. "Leaders" are only a very small part of the population and while they may "lead," they cannot lead themselves. In my last years of high school what I saw was an increasing number of classes tailored toward cultivating leadership potential and none towards group cohesion.
    • Sep 9 2013: at times I feel education in general is totalitarian in promoting the becoming of one type of student: those with grades that are beyond exceptional, while demonstrating "leadership within community", which is almost synonymous with student council participation and volunteer

      scholarships are awarded on the premise of grades and leadership; med schools, dental schools, law schools look for not only the academically distinguished but also ones that are involved in communities

      I am not saying that promoting such is morally wrong; seeking higher achievement is, in fact, encouraging and inspiring; but I do feel pressured at what is expected of me if I am to "succeed" and such expectation at times antagonizes what a student is suppose to gain from going through education

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