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The Exam of Exams

November 13, 2012

Last week Korea’s Korean Scholastic Ability Test, or 수능, took place. Every year the exam has thousands of critics and can be seen as the epitome of all that is wrong with Korea’s education system. Your task this week is to consider this examination and it’s role in Korea today. Choose one of the following topics, decide whether you agree or disagree with it, and then discuss it in detail. Be sure to use a variety of relevant supporting information. Do not limit your answer to your own personal experience.

  1. The 수능 is a necessary evil. Without it there would be no means of assessing a student’s academic ability before they enter university.
  2. The 수능 causes too much stress on young adults.
  3. The 수능 does not adequately address the demands of the 21st century university student.
  4. The 수능 changed me forever.
  5. The 수능 is fine, it’s the culture that surrounds which is the problem.
  6. The 수능 is harming Korea’s reputation as a world leader.
  7. The 수능 is an integral part of Korea’s social structure as it determines our future.
  8. The 수능 reflects the demands of universities and corporations, and for this reason I should remain unchanged.
  9. The 수능 can learn from the education systems of other countries around the world.
  10. The 수능 is to blame for Korea’s high suicide rate.

As part of this assignment, you must also make at least one detailed comment on another person’s entry, and you must reply to any response to your original comment. 

51 Comments leave one →
  1. Zhansaya +C permalink
    November 15, 2012 8:14 pm

    1. The 수능 is a necessary evil. Without it there would be no means of assessing a student’s academic ability before they enter university.

    There is no 수능 in Kazakhstan, but students have to take The Uniform National Test (UNT) if they want to continue their education in the universities of Kazakhstan. In the last grade of high school the students are faced with the difficulties of choosing a specialty and preparation to the UNT. It becomes so important that nothing else is discussed among them. The procedure of UNT shows not only the academic abilities of the students but also their psychological and social resistance to the constantly changing world. Therefore, the teachers and parents must pay close attention to formation of students’ psychological stability. Now the UNT allows determining the knowledge and the skills of the students. The advantages of the UNT are similar questions, a single rating scale and unbiased evaluation of the procedure. Aspiration not only to complete and perform properly to the task in three and a half hours, but also carefully fill in the answer sheets often creates a stressful situation. Moreover, there are enough examples of graduates who study “good” or “excellent”, but in the UNT show an average result. However, it doesn’t mean that the UNT is the worst format of taking exams.

  2. We-ro permalink
    November 15, 2012 11:29 pm

    10.The 수능 is to blame for Korea’s high suicide rate.

    I agree 수능 is to blame for Korea’s high suicide rate.

    In Daegu, a 21 years old student feeling the pressure of the 수능 jumped off an 18 story apartment building to his death on Wednesday November 7. What is it about 수능! Why did he kill the student?! I agree 수능 is blame for Korea’s high suicide rate. On November 8, 2012, the focus of Korea narrowed to ensuring the smooth running of 수능, seen as a defining moment that can hold the key to everything from university choices to future careers. Motorbikes and Police cars near highschool were on standby, available for any students needing to make a late dash to take their seats before the exam began at 8:40. More than 600,000 students took the day-long Test and then they was graded like bullocks. If you were D grade, your life seem like D grade. It’s the reason making school grades the number one cause for stress. In addition, According to a expert, As much as 53 percent of teenagers from 15 to 19 confessed that their grades depress them to the point of contemplating suicide. So, I agree 수능 is to blame for Korea’s high suicide rate.

    • handcream permalink
      November 16, 2012 1:10 am

      Oh…….I agree………..I have heavy pressure of the 수능 too last year..
      It’s too unmanagable to stand for young students, I think.
      I think it’s because the effect of 수능 grade is too big in Korea.
      It can change life of students!!!

      • We-ro permalink
        November 20, 2012 7:00 pm

        Yes… Many aspect of life changed by 수능 grade…

    • Ronie permalink
      November 16, 2012 8:08 pm

      There are so many exams in the society. Even there are some tests that are considered more difficult and important than the 수능. Pressures and stress for the exam is an ordinary characteristic. It is not only for the 수능. But, it is true so many students are under stress of the 수능. I took the 수능 three times. In my experience, the 수능 is a little hill in my life.

      • christine permalink
        November 17, 2012 8:55 am

        I agree with your mention. People make students consider 수능 as most important test in life. Actually It’s not true and one doesn’t have to kill his or her life because of 수능. And student cannot be evaluated by only 수능. Therefore, I am strongly believe that we need to make our social atmosphere more balanced, not biased in one test.

      • We-ro permalink
        November 20, 2012 7:01 pm

        wow… you were very hard… If I were you, I gave up 수능. It’s terrible..

      • November 20, 2012 8:57 pm


        “worked very hard”!

        “were very hard” means the person was physically hard, like wood or concrete, which is impossible. It also holds other connotations which you would not want to confuse.

    • Dalin(T) permalink
      November 16, 2012 8:59 pm

      I also agree with your opinion. 수능 has too much influence on one`s future. It is quite strange to determine one`s life by only one test. I felt lots of pressure when I took 수능, as well. Therefore, I could agree with above statement.

    • We-ro permalink
      November 20, 2012 6:59 pm

      Thank you for your attention.

  3. handcream permalink
    November 16, 2012 1:03 am

    Professor Todd

    4.The 수능 changed me forever

    People say the 수능 changed person’s life forever. The fact that several years effort of students are evaluated by one day exam is not reasonable. Depending on the grade of 수능, students select college. Also, their major is chosen. If students don’t change their major, most of them will have a job according their specialty. Like this way, 수능 grade have powerful effect on student’s life. For example, if someone who is interested in business administration and has a dream of CEO entered in education department, he would be a teacher not CEO. The possibility of teacher’s job satisfaction would be lower than CEO’s and then his/her life is far different from his expectation. In this respect, 수능 can change people’s life completely. Although there are some people who get out it for their dream, of course, most of people live on this way, as it is. In this sense, 수능 changed person forever and absolutely.

    • Zhansaya +C permalink
      November 16, 2012 3:48 am

      My first question: What was the effect of 수능 definetely on you? Did you choose another major just because your score was low? Secondly, what’s CEO? Finally, don’t you think that “If students don’t change their major, most of them will have a job according their specialty.” is obvious and there is nothing to be upset? or ” Also, their major is chosen.” you mean, somebody (not the graduates of the high school) chooses majors for students?

      • handcream permalink
        November 16, 2012 10:12 am

        First, in my case, I choose another major because my score is low. Actually, I am not in English so I have some trouble in my major study…T.T Second, I use a word CEO meaning chief executive officer, in other word a manager. And finally, I can’t understand your last questions. Please tell me in more easy sentence.

    • Dalin(T) permalink
      November 16, 2012 9:07 pm

      ‘The 수능 change me forever’ is your topic, but I think your content was too official. I want you to add your own experience into your comment because your topic is about YOU, not whole students.

      • handcream permalink
        November 16, 2012 9:59 pm

        The reason that I wrote it officially is teacher said ‘Do not limit your answer to your own personal experience.’. But if I add my experience, I am a victim of 수능 too. In fact, the example of my writing is my experience. I want to study business administration in college but because I can’t get enough grade to get that department, I choose another major. Although I want to change my major, it’s not easy. Sometimes I feel skeptical about my major and think that 수능 change my life obviously.

  4. Ann C permalink
    November 16, 2012 2:23 am

    3.The 수능 does not adequately address the demands of the 21st century university student.

    I agree with the idea that 수능 does not adequately address the demands of the 21st century university student. Because practicality is the most important ability that the society wants and I think this is also the thing that the 21st century universities demand for students. But as 수능 is the test about the lessons that they learned from their teachers, it doesn’t do anything with their the tasks that they do in the future. Only with the theories, it won’t be easy for students to do their tasks that the firm requires them to do. So, there are many cases where the workers who graduate from one of the best universities in korea can’t adapt the circumstances of firms and finally give up going their companies. As you can see in this example, practicality is exactly what the firms want and demand for the students. So I think the test assessing the practicality is better than the 수능 that forces students to memorize everything that they have taught .

    • hehe + C permalink
      November 16, 2012 8:07 pm

      I agree with this opinion. A famous futurologist Alvin Toffler said, “Korean strudents spend 15 hours in a day in school and academy to study knowledge which would not be needed and struggle to get a job which would not be exist in the future.” 수능 is not for 21st century method to go to university and get a job.

    • Artpen permalink
      November 16, 2012 9:01 pm

      I totally agree that 수능 is inadequate. Students have to be evaluated in other way. But 수능 have been a big event every year in Korea. Is there any possibility to change the 수능 to another evaluation system? Which obviously needs to be less stressful for students..

  5. Ronie permalink
    November 16, 2012 7:48 pm

    Prof. Todd
    3. The 수능 does not adequately address the demands of the 21st century university student.

    I would say “There is no pefect system in the world.” I think that the 수능 does not adeaquately address the demands of the 21st century university studen is silly opinion. What does exactly ‘the 21st century university student’ mean? Students who study sincerly? Students who have many abilities? The 수능 is not a simple examination. It consists of many parts of subjects. For instance, Korean, math, English, Social Studies or Science and other subjects. To solve problems of the 수능, students have to think in various ways and need to apply all of his or her knowledges to a complex problems. Just memorizing does not guarantee good scores in the 수능. In Korean part for example, students have to read long articles in a short time and catch important points at the same time. Recognizing the point in a limited time requires reading and comprehension skills. I think this is a basic ability of most fields of studies in universities. It is similar to other subjects of the 수능(math, English, etc). Do students who got a bad score in the 수능 English part can read major books written in English well? How about math major students who got a bad math score when they study math in universities? Many students who do not suit the 수능 system can enter universities with another ways. Though they are based on the 수능, there are 수시, 입학사정관 and 특기자전형(special screenings). They cn save students who failes the 수능. So, opinions that says the 수능 is not adequate seem to be ridiculous.
    What I want to say is the 수능 is just a mean to assess students’ basic skills or abilities to adapt to a university education. It should not be considered as the ultimate purpose. Demands of 21th century students? It depends on students’ efforts and education systems of universities.

  6. Dalin(T) permalink
    November 16, 2012 8:51 pm

    7. The 수능 is an integral part of Korea`s social structure as it determines our future.

    (Professor, Todd)

    I agree with the statement that the 수능 is an integral part of Korea`s social structure as it determines our future. 수능 is an indispensable test to enter universities in Korea and more than six hundred thousand students enter for this examination. Why so many students are taking 수능 test? This is because 수능 results determine examinees` future. In Korea, university rank is closely related to the possibility of entering popular companies after graduation. Therefore, if students do not go to one of the most prestigious universities, it would be much harder for them to enter in companies that they want. Some might say that university rank is not important anymore because specs can substitute that. However, still many companies hardly hire students who graduate unknown colleges. For example, my cousin got first level in architectural engineer license, which was very difficult to receive. However, regardless of his great specs and efforts, he could not enter in a famous company that he really wanted to go because he did not graduate a prestigious university. Likewise, a friend of mine who graduated junior college has been out of work for 6 months and finally decided to transfer to a national university which has better reputation. This happens commonly in Korea. Also, most of people think that university rank is directly connected to one`s sincerity. As a consequence, in Korea, students who get in prestigious universities are more likely to succeed, while students who go to unknown colleges are not. It is true that 수능 has great influence in Korean society. However, I hope that this impact reduces in some degree because determining one`s future by only one test is too severe.

  7. Artpen permalink
    November 16, 2012 9:28 pm

    The 수능 is to blame for Korea’s high suicide rate.

    _____수능 is an inevitable national event. Every student who is graduating high school must take the exam. They need the 수능’s grade to enter universities. Compared to other countries we can’t deny that Korean students are under constant pressure. This pressure has bothered them since they were young children. Between the reasons of why Korean student commit suicide, 수능 plays a big role. 수능 grades needs to be high to enter better universities and better universities means better jobs in the future. So there is a process, if you fail the 수능 you are not entering a good university and if you don’t enter to a good university you don’ get a good job. Because of this process, students feel too much stress that in extreme cases students takes as an option, to commit suicide. I think the problem begun because Korea is a fast developed country and you need to follow its speed to adapt in the society. If you don’t follow, then you are immediately out of competition. I think 수능 is a terrible way to evaluate a young student’s all.

  8. Jacob permalink
    November 16, 2012 11:46 pm

    The 수능 causes too much stress on young adults.

    I really agree this statement and i guess all people in Korea must be agree with it. Most people in Korea might got through this process including me, and i always got stress when i was high school student. My life was just so simple. From home to school, from school to academy was my daily life. And that situation countinued for three years. And it’s sorry to say but some students suicide because they couldn’t endure this kind of process. But who blames? It’s just very old culture in Korea and it’s not going to be changed forever. The reason why i think this will not change is since long time ago, every 20~30 students suicide because of 수능, and the people in Administration of Education always said they will change the system of education in Korea, but still it’s not changed.
    So, i know and i experienced how it is so stressful to get through the process of 수능, but there is no other way but to go through it. If you can’t, it means you cannot survive in the society of Korea. It’s really sad reality but you have to understand it.
    So what we really have to do is study really hard so that some day we can change the system of education in Korea!!!

    Pro. Todd

  9. hehe + C permalink
    November 17, 2012 12:03 am

    6.The 수능 is harming Korea’s reputation as a world leader.

    The main goal of 수능 is to evaluate students’ ability to think. However, I think is seems not.
    Recently, Korean government announce that 수능 is going to set exam questions the EBS workbook which made in Educational Broadcasting System. So, almost all high schools take the policy of teaching students with EBS and EBS workbooks used as textbook. Also, every students prepare for 수능 study only EBS workbooks. Students just memorize all the workbooks.
    I read one article that Korean students outstand in Science and Math in the world when they’re young but as they get older(especially they go to university) the ranking drops. It means they used to studying by memorizing.
    I think the world readers have to equip the ability of critivity and critical thinking not memorizing. But the question style of 수능 is not demand the world readers, even wastes each students ability such as creativity and critical thinking.

    • Shirley permalink
      November 20, 2012 12:44 am

      I agree with you this point that 수능 is not enough to evaluate students’ creativity. But, by just memorizing all EBS books, I think students can’t receive high score in 수능. I mean only memorizing is not helpful to prepare 수능.

  10. yoon +c permalink
    November 17, 2012 12:53 am

    10.The 수능 is to blame for Korea’s high suicide rate.

    I agree that the 수능 is to blame for Korea’s high suicide rate. A few days ago, I saw an article about suicide. The student finished her life because she couldn’t get a pleasing result in 수능. So finally she commited suicide after take the 수능. I see such articles about suicide every year. Whenever I see these articles, I was also sympathy with them. Before I took the 수능, I sometimes felt dissapointed and hopeless because of feeling pressure of 수능. I think that 수능 gives students excessive burden. Because accorording to 수능, one’s university and one’s future are decided. So many students have to get good scores in 수능. Finally, such social realiztion that 수능 is very important for students’ future makes students finish their lives. 수능 puts way too much pressure on the students. For this reason, students cannot help thinking drastically. So I agree that the 수능 is to blame for Korea’s high suicide rate.

    • May (Prof. Todd.) permalink
      November 17, 2012 1:53 am

      I agree. after the 수능 finished, I saw article about suicide. students has heavy pressure of the 수능. I think it is more important than the 수능. At that time, it is hard enough to die but It won’t be a big deal when you look back later in life. you can have to study one more year to enter the university or you transfer to a university. I hope that students think carefully.

    • Niles permalink
      November 17, 2012 3:49 pm

      I agree. I listen to the news of students who committed suicide because of the 수능 each year.
      Now, suicide is a serious social problem because of 수능.
      Also, we should stop. Competition and establish a line of education

    • yiji+c permalink
      November 17, 2012 5:56 pm

      I agree. I heard about news about suicide annually. Suicide is serious problem in korea. Especially this suicide is show korea education’s limit, i think. Most important thing is what students want,not 수능 grade.

  11. May (Prof. Todd.) permalink
    November 17, 2012 1:32 am

    7. The 수능 is an integral part of Korea’s social structure as it determines our future.

    I agree with the idea that 수능 is an integral part of Korea’s social structure as it determines our future. The 수능 is a test to go to College. Our nation’s students will compete with millions to one of the most prestigious universities. These are the obvious reason that the competition will be. The students who came into the competition can not help but recognize. They invested effort and more time than others in order to be admitted to the prestigious universities. When compared with the others, they try to go ahead for a few years. So, people have not tried, and tried people when they came out equally in society, social status can not be equivalent. Because the difference of ability is due to occur naturally. But, there are exceptions. If you have a particularly good except for study addition if you have success with it, you will be successful people in the society. For example, there are a singer or member of the national team. But this is a minority. If you don’t have a special talent, The 수능 will be the best way to go into the ranks of high society.

  12. Shirley+C permalink
    November 17, 2012 2:16 am

    8.The 수능 reflects the demands of universities and corporations, and for this reason I should remain unchanged.

    I don’t think that 수능 should remain unchanged. Currently, 수능 is very important to enter a university. I agree that 수능 is a fair exam to some degree. But, universities are demanding each student’s ability to discuss and think deeply. 수능 can’t assess these abilities and students can’t improve these abilities by preparing 수능. 수능 only requires fragmentary knowledge, so students may have difficulty adapting a way of university course. There are many assignments which students should think over for a long time before doing that. It means 수능 can’t reflect the demands of universities. Therefore, our education need to adopt a new system of evaluation. For example, in a section of Korean, it should include not only comprehension of reading but fluency of speaking and writing. And I think a way of evaluation students’ ability to express their thought is interview. Interview is already a way of selecting students and this way accounts for very small percent. In conclusion, 수능 needs to be changed to select more excellent students and broad students’ thought.

  13. christine permalink
    November 17, 2012 9:40 am

    (Prof : Todd)
    3.The 수능 does not adequately address the demands of the 21st century university student.

    I strongly agree that the 수능 does not adequately address the demands of the 21st century university student. Fistly, 수능 is a criterion that evaluate one’s whole learing in his or her life, so it can not be same paper with students. Every student gets one paper ,learns same method to solve the problem and they are evaluated just depending on that test. Therefore people cannot decide what ability or talent one student has by 수능. I also took 수능 twice, and I have many friends who took it this year(about 4 times). Every people who ever has or had studied that exam knows that 수능 is not for elevating academic ability or finding one’s talent. It’s only for repeatitive practicing. Another reason it can’t be adequate test is that students take 수능 only once in a year by multiple choice. What I mean is that they are closed questions, so a person who don’t know anything also can get score by one’s luck. And it has absolute influence even though the score can be changed by his or her condition on that day. It is absurd that many universities assess students mostly by the numerical score. In the end, I think that we need to prepare other ways to assess one’s ability and talent. And our society atmosphere must be changed not to consider 수능 score as the main cause. It is important that students don’t have to feel stressed by 수능.

    • Olivia Min permalink
      November 17, 2012 1:00 pm

      I totally agree with your opinion that 수능 cannot be an index what ablity or talent each students have. Of course it can never be! But, it is very common situation we are facing in our society, so you said we need to prepare other ways to assess students. What else can we think on this question? Do we have any other counter measure right away? Well, I tried to think about it but nothing has came up yet. But surely, some other good method is needed.

      • christine permalink
        November 19, 2012 10:04 pm

        Yes, I and my friends usually talk with these theme(other ways to measure students). But I, also, do not have quite clear answer yet. I think there are no perfect measurement. However, at least we can improve some ways to estimate student’s ability and talent.

  14. Olivia Min permalink
    November 17, 2012 12:45 pm

    Prof. Todd

    2.The 수능 causes too much stress on young adults.

    Actually, I cannot help agreeing on this opinion. In Korea, many students don’t know why they have to study. Nobody explains why, but most adults just push teenagers to study hard to enter a prestigious university. This caused our society to judge a person by the title of university they have, which leads to young adults’ stress. Plus, most students don’t know what they want to be in the future, but they just study to meet their parents’ or teacher’s expectation. They study 12 years to get good grade on SAT and they act as if everything is over in life when the SAT is done. In other words, when they fail or can’t satisfy in their SAT, they spend 1 or several years more on studying to enter prestigious university. Well, I’m not blaming their try, but what makes me angry is that our society’s view of judging a person is going to a wrong direction. Can you believe that many students in Korea attempt suicide every year? There should be no more serious problem like this. Grade is not everything in our life and it can never judge a person’s personality. Sadly, however, we are judging our children by grade and it is causing a lot of stress to them.

  15. Fresh permalink
    November 17, 2012 1:12 pm

    3.The 수능 does not adequately address the demands of the 21st century university student.
    Professor Todd.

    I agree with that the 수능 does not adequately address the demands of the 21st century university student. In Korea, you have to take the 수능 to enter university. The 수능 has been considered the most essential part of university admission. And our nation’s education system is overly weighted toward college admission. Even though, national university entrance system is largely changed in nowadays and by doing so there are many different ways to enter university, 수능 is given a great deal of weight on the entrance system. When you take 수능 and enter university, you might be faced up to an unexpected difficulty. Because there’s a question about necessity of entrance exam. The first reason is that you learn about your certain major except cultural studies in university. Well, it is important to cultivate knowledge about various subjects. But if you learn detailed and professional part of major in university, you might be have in trouble. I think that it will better to test about your interest or basic knowledge of major than to test 수능. Another reason is that korean students usually sit and study very hard all day long. There are frequent occasions when most of students are embarrassed if they suddenly are required to announce in front of many people. In university, team project and presentation is no less important than study. I think that if you test about your speaking ability or presentation skill in entrance exam, it will be more helpful. The main reason is that each had its own individuality. However, the conformist education system and test oppress student’s individual ability. Korea’s educational environment does not cater to korean student’s individual needs. Talented persons are difficult to enter university to polish their abilities with their scores of their favorite subjects. In case of math and science talented person, such systems exist some universities. It is almost impossible to enter university through conformist education system and test like 수능. And most of students fell by the wayside due to differences between what they want to learn and what they learn. In conclusion, I think 수능 must be changed to be helpful when students enter university and they learn about they majors.

    • Tank permalink
      November 18, 2012 11:59 am

      That’s a importat point. It has supplied many good effects in the past. But as time goes on, it is demanded to evolve acquately present day. As our brain is evolving, education system also should evolve. Your opinion is good

      • Fresh permalink
        November 19, 2012 12:14 am

        Thank you! What do you think about many different ways to enter university such as 입학사정관제?

  16. yiji+c permalink
    November 17, 2012 1:45 pm

    2.The 수능 causes too much stress on young adults

    I agree with this. Many students in.korea experience stress about 수능 when they were young. Parents ,teachers and society force to them to get high grade in 수능. Social recognition like grade supremacy made students have obsession. Because of tendency about prefer prestigious university, students think they must go to prestigious university. Also costs of education is so high, so students think they have to go university at once. It is also gave them stress. When i was 19 years old, i got many stress too. Even i thought like that : “if i commit suicide, can i get a rest?”. Like this 수능 is really stressful thing to students.

    • Fresh permalink
      November 19, 2012 12:37 am

      I agree with your idea. Your thought “If i commit suicide, can I get a rest?” is very impressive to me. Because I thought like that too. 수능 is stressful thing to high school third grade students. And I think that teachers and parents who oppress students is also problem.

  17. Niles permalink
    November 17, 2012 3:34 pm


    10. The 수능 is to blame for Korea’s high suicide rate.

    I totally agree. Actually, the cause of death among Korean adolescent’s suicide is accounted for the highest percentage. In fact, every year there are a lot of high school students to commit suicide because of the 수능. In this year there are a lot of high school students who committed suicide. Also, at the end of 수능 we always can listen in the news. The story of students who committed suicide because of the 수능. In yesterday’s news I could hear the story of students who committed suicide because of the 수능. For example, the day of 수능, a student hanged himself at his home. According to police investigation, he fell out last year in college. So he chose re-test and he showed symptoms of depression due to stress academic. Another example is any student committed suicide by jumping from the roof of the 수능 next day on the fourth floor of a building. There was found her bags, shoes and 수능-ticket in the roof. In addition, ‘I’m sorry’ message was written on her cell phone. I think that excessive academic pressure is responsible for the suicide.

    • Woopia permalink
      November 17, 2012 11:34 pm

      That’s true, I can see sad news in newspaper. I don’t want this kind of tragedy news. And we need to effort no more students chose these foolish way. Suicide is not absolutely good choice.

      • Woopia permalink
        November 18, 2012 3:17 am

        The 수능 causes too much stress on young adults.
        It‘s agree this statement. I think many high school students has much stress. And it’s not different whether good grade or not. I was not different too. When I was a high school student, I’m very nervous. So sometimes I can’t sleep at night. And when I had a class, it’s horrible. I was feeling depression like lost my way in maze.
        And in class, some students lost their emotion by stress of competition.(I was feeling like that.) And I saw statistics which in article many students has pressed. I understand why students has stress. And this problem is very difficult. Many people said ‘We can’t solve this problem.’ But many president and other person try to solve this problem. And many people approve that this system has big problem. So I think this problem will solve. And I want to remember this saying ‘Nothing is impossible.’

  18. kelly permalink
    November 18, 2012 1:55 am

    To. Pro Todd

    8. The 수능 reflects the demands of universities and corporations, and for this reason I should remain unchanged.

    I don’t agree that the 수능 reflects the demands of universities and corporations, and for this reason I should remain unchanged. Until now, of course, many universities require high score on the 수능 for entering universities. Recently, however, more and more universities have chosen the admission officer system. Through this system, universities select students who are interested in applying department steadily and strive to achieve success in their favorite field constantly, even though they don’t have good grades. Also, many corporations say the importance of human nature and Emphasize the ability of individuals rather than good grades. For these reasons, I don’t think the 수능 reflects the demands of universities and corporations. So, I think that people need to get rid of this preconception.

  19. JIN permalink
    November 18, 2012 2:20 am

    4.The 수능 changed me forever

    In korea, people usually think 수능 changes students’ future life. So, not only many parents but also many students and related person pay sharp attention to 수능. It seems that they mistake high rank university entrance means one’s high social position. But we can’t blame this situation. Every person have a desire that raise their grade in society. So, I don’t criticize 수능 itself because 수능 provide equal opportunity regardless of family’s honor, money, status. This 수능 have a great effect on my life. When I was high school seniors, I take a 수능. But, unfortunately, I fail in 수능 as a grade is so low that I don’t have university I supply to. Because of this situation, I had to study one more year to enter the university. During this period, studying for 수능 was really get down me. However ,after this period is over, for me this period gives me very precious things. For example, at first, fail of 수능 gives me despair but this also gives me how to deal with fail. Secondly, during this period, I learn patient that I don’t do what I wanna do for study. Besides that examples, I learn many thing in that period. A moment for studying 수능 made me more mature mentally. So, this experience changed me forever.

  20. Tank permalink
    November 18, 2012 11:49 am

    Prof. Todd
    6.The 수능 is harming Korea’s reputation as a world leader.

    Many students take an 수능 every year. As you see, it gives to them lots of stress. But it can be another challenge to their life. I insist 수능 makes good effects to the students toward to world leader with 3 reasons. Firstly, 수능 provides to them more challenge spirit. They have tried to study getting challenge ticket to go a university. World leader also same in ways of this. To be a world leader, many challenges wait in front of their sight. 수능 will be first challenge to the students who are starting to a society. Next, they can acquire a valuable experience. Commonly we called ‘society’ exists dangerous, and terrible happenings. They need to practice to overcome ways this. Compare to this, 수능 is not a bad things never. The other reason is that they have worked hard about 12 years more. To be a world leader, also need endeavor harder and harder. Like Rome was not built in a day, world leader can’t become in a day. The students take a step to be a world leader. Many experts point out 수능 should fix new, but its effect is never changed like leadership.

  21. harry permalink
    November 18, 2012 11:34 pm

    1.The 수능 is a necessary evil. Without it there would be no means of assessing a student’s academic ability before they enter university.

    Professor Todd

    The word, necessary evil, is made from government; which burdens to the people and oppresses their freedom, but it is needed in order to ensure the maintenance of order and unity. 수능 is also similar government, so it is necessary evil. There are some points why 수능 is necessary evil.
    At first, Although it is not good way to assess students, it can be better way than others. If 수능 disappears, there will be a lot of confused because of absence of objective evaluation. Essay, admission officer system such as interview, self-introduction paper are also good way to assess students. But they are disturbed by subjective element like regionalism, school relations, and kinship.
    Second, 수능 can be helpful to students. If we study for 수능, we can learn a lot of basic knowledge. It can be said that there are some knowledge which is not needed thing for our life. But we can also say that by learning a lot of knowledge, we can choose more needed things to each other.
    Finally, 수능 can suggests purpose to students. high Students study hard because there is 수능. Even though 수능 can make students passive and give same aim to student, most students are studied by 수능. If 수능 vanish, relatively most people will not study hard than nowadays.
    In these reasons, 수능 is necessary evil. We need 수능 continuously in the future. but if we want to maintain 수능, we have to improve 수능 for our education.

  22. Sally permalink
    November 19, 2012 12:19 am

    2.The 수능 causes too much stress on young adults.
    (Professor. Todd)

    I agree the 수능 cause too much stress on young adults. Think of age of students take exam titled 수능 is just 19 years old, generally. They study hard and are pressure to study hard everyday for one day, 수능. Why are the students so nervous everyday for 수능? If a student take some mistakes on 수능, the student will have to wait 1 more year to enter the university they want to go, regardless of their real ability. I don’t like this part. It is wrong that students are judged by this one exam. I think this system makes students overstrain theirselves. Korea’s students can think they assume rest of their life through 수능 because people say and think 수능 is very important to their life. But do they know why they have study so hard? I want to know. 수능 makes student study blindly. They usually study without their real goal and aptitude. 수능 just impose too much strain to students and disturb students find what they want to learn. I think the Ministry of Education have to find the way that students can study funny and naturally about fields they are interested in, distinctively. So I hope korea’s students are free from 수능 and can find what they want.

  23. Kitty+ C permalink
    November 19, 2012 12:48 am

    5.The 수능 is fine, it’s the culture that surrounds which is the problem.

    I agree with this topic for several reasons. First of all, I do not think 수능 is bad. 수능 is effective strategy to let students study hard. In students aspect, 수능 is could be the reason why they study hard even though it is short-sighted goal. In University aspect, 수능 is most fair and proper standard for entrance. So I think 수능 is fine itself. but the problem is our culture. today, we maximize aim of 수능. many people think 수능 like every thing in their life. and the parents give their children pressure so much for 수능. I think these factors make students suicide and many social problems about 수능. I think there is also need other ways to enter university. each person has different talent. even though most university has special selection but they reflect 수능 score too. also, only few students can get that profit. so university have to give diverse opportunity for many students. then, people might think 수능 is one kind of entrance university. and students could develop not only study but also their own talents.

  24. marlcocoro permalink
    November 19, 2012 7:50 am

    3.The 수능 does not adequately address the demands of the 21st century university student.

    I don’t agree with this statement. First of all, the achievement of Korean top famous university is one of evident. For example, Rate of graduate who get a great job(like a major company) is very high in this Top universities. Furthermore even the top university’s rate of successful applicants in state examination is higher than other universities. This fact not just means that the education of top universities is good. It also means that 수능 is effective and trustworthy. I think that the 수능 can measure effort and diligent of students. And i think diligent is main factor needed when people should study. Secondly if someone has huge interest of talent of some learning, they can use the admission officer system. It means that there are already institutional strategy for student with outstanding talent or interest in specific study. So i think that 수능 and other Korean examination is already fully good

  25. lhnhsms C permalink
    November 21, 2012 9:22 pm

    3. The 수능 does not adequately address the demands of the 21st century university student.

    The 수능 is seen as a way to evaluate a students. Actually it is not much helpful for 21st century university students. First of all, of course students get help from basic knowledges that they learned from 12years studying. Like everyone knows, however, many Korean high school students don’t really know what they want to do, what they want to study exactly. This is the problem. So when they enter the universities, they are confused and surprised from what they are going to study. Many students keep doing same mistakes such as they don’t really sure about their major but they just keep studying. I think this system should be changed. Second, 21st century university students need various abilities not only good at sit and studying but also presenting, socializing and participatings. for example, a student who got a high score on the 수능, does not mean good at everything. He could having difficulty in presenting a presentation in front of class or he could not good at talking with new people. Just like this, the 수능 does not adequately address the demands of the 21st century university students.

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