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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 14 2013: Having grown up in NYC and attended a Performing Arts High School, I was lucky enough to have a unique curriculum. k-8 here in NYC I think is pretty standard in terms of general primary education and curriculum. I can say the classes are usually upward of 25 tipping 30 often. This was true in HS, but the dual curriculum in music created a kind duality that I can really appreciate now.

    One of the main things I find lacking in my academic experience was the notion of discipline and actually feeling committed to my education. I tested well and always had an appetite for learning, but things are not set up to encourage this for most. There is more often a sense of obligation twinned with learning and not an opportunity to explore, learn, or grow. Instilling youths with the resources to explore the world as they see it and go after and seek knowledge to those ends is absent. Inculcating discipline as a foundation life skill that is used in any academic or professional lens coupled with entrusting a sense of agency to the student to be a main participant in his/her learning went amiss throughout high school. It's all just going through the motions.

    Academic subjects are treated as isolated bodies of knowledge. Integration of curriculum was something luckily was very much encouraged at the U of R where I studied at college but is practically absent in high school down. Lack of integration disadvantages a student in that the mechanisms for learning are separate and fail to reinforce each other. Integration also leads to deeper engagement with the materials across fields. Some 50% of minorities are not making it out of high school in part because engagement is not a priority in education. The crunching of numbers that has taken a front seat leaves students without an accessible and pragmatic skill set that an education is to provide.

    School should be a place for a learner to be empowered and encouraged to claim the skill set he/she is taking into his/her future.

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