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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 11 2013: Hey Judy, I'm sorry I've been off lately. Been working almost 18 hours a day since the last two weeks. I don't think you have the email option turned on in your TED profile so I can't email you. I have given a lot of thought to changing our education system, and somehow I have the feeling that we simply can't change one spoke in the wheel and expect a smoother ride. We need to change the entire wheel! I know this isn't in the scope of your question and I digress, but what do you have to say about changing our entire system of government for an overall change in the functioning of the human civilization? Perhaps I'll post a question on TED regarding this. Do share your views.
    • Sep 12 2013: Just providing my two cents here,
      I don't think that such a drastic change will be necessary to improve our education system. Sure, it needs some form of revamp and modification, but not necessarily one that changes "our entire system of government".
      All the education systems, as long as there are forms of examination (which there should be so that the students can be assessed appropriately), there will be stress as a result of competition. This property of competition cannot be eradicated by a change in system since competition is an inherent property of any system.
      As such, rather than attempt to change the impossible, I am proposing a three stage paradigm for education with emphasis on independent studies to complement the formal curriculum. This is because schools will need to stretch the students in all areas, even those that the students are not particularly interested in, as only then will the student develop holistically. However, a student cannot possibly retain his/her interest if forced to endure the rigid curriculum. If space was created for independent learning on the student's particular field, I believe that it will give the student the drive to learn.
      The three stage paradigm is as follows:
      1. Being able to learn. This entails the development of a huge enough series of online videos for teaching a plethora of subjects and fields as well as to get students connected to the internet.
      2. Wanting to learn: This entails the student being interested in at least a particular field and work towards them. This means that the series of online videos must be extensive enough to satisfy enough students' thirst for knowledge.
      3. Applying the knowledge: This entails them working towards their ambition in terms of their degree or related exposure programs. These are opportunities that should be offered by the school.
      The model is still theoretical, and it needs online learning to be more developed.
      Sorry for the digression.

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