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CRW 2 Education

September 21, 2016

Welcome students. We will use this blog site for occasional writing exercises. The homework for this week, due by Sunday, is question 2 on page 33.

 

Is there anything in the Korean education system you would like to change? Give reasons.

(approximately 120 words)

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  1. YOYO permalink
    September 22, 2016 12:15 pm

    I think the Korean education system which should be changed is choice between liberal arts and natural sciences when students are in high school. In my opinion, students are too young to select their major. They tend to be under pressure from their parents in making a decision. Students are reluctant to follow parent’s wish. Once they decided their major, it is difficult to change later. I often see my friends who regret their choice. So I think students should have opportunity to choose what they want to major in when entering a university or college. It is effective that students learn expertise after high school graduation.

    • proftodd permalink*
      September 22, 2016 5:02 pm

      I agree. Choosing a future career path in high school is too early for many students who have not yet figured out their scholastic aptitude or interests. In university, I think students should be able to take a wide range of liberal arts courses (sciences included) in first and possible second year. Then they could choose a major in or after second year without a disadvantage.

    • kiko permalink
      September 25, 2016 12:34 pm

      I agree with your opinion. Morever, i think the biggest problem is that when we are universtiy students, it is difficult to change our major, because liberal arts and natural science are different each other. To be specific, studnets who are taking liberal arts when they are high school students, they don’t learn enrichment program about math. For reason that students who are taking liberal arts are difficult to learn major which is realted to math, chemical and so on. So, as you mentioned, I think students have to choose their major when they are university students.

    • GOGI permalink
      September 26, 2016 12:06 am

      I heard that some of my friends at US select their major at sophomore. They learn from literatures to computer programming at freshman. They experience a range of subjects and find the way they are interested in. I think selecting the major after entering the university is much better than when students enter the university.

  2. September 22, 2016 1:54 pm

    I think Korean physical education system must be changed. Currently, Korean students take twice a week. Even high school seniors take once a week. In my experience, physical education was replaced with independent study in classroom when I was high school senior. Not frequency alone, but events of physical education has problem. There are too few events.
    A sound mind in a sound body. Students can keep fit by exercising. I think physical education should be taken at least three times a week. Variety of events will be great experience to students. Especially, it would better that students take swimming classes.

    • proftodd permalink*
      September 22, 2016 5:06 pm

      “A sound mind in a sound body” is wisdom one should never forget.

    • GOGI permalink
      September 23, 2016 10:02 pm

      I agree. My school also replaced physical education class to another subject same as your school. I love playing soccer but I had just few chances to play in my highschool years!

  3. Ezreal permalink
    September 23, 2016 12:34 am

    Originally, We must study a basic principle yourself, find something, contact it, and research something with interest. But education in Korea is only that students have to memorize all texts to get good grades in the name of education. It is a education that get rid of interest and genius of students , so to speak.
    In other words, Problem of Korean education is that students only learn for an exam, so the students lose their competitiveness in international stages because they learn a house built on sand. That’s problem!
    Therefore, School should gives students the right of choice which is that students can choose classes they want like foreign countries. Additionally, School have to increase discussion and debate classes to cultivate creativity and reduce unnecessary exams. (122 words)

    • GOGI permalink
      September 26, 2016 12:26 am

      I also think, our class should be not only for the memorization any more! Korea education system should be change gradually.

  4. go CR2 permalink
    September 23, 2016 7:41 pm

    Korean education system stems from a distorted, and absurd notion that only people with a good education background are worth living. This obvious and tacit societa rule causes intense competition between not only students, but also Koreans in general. It leads to academic factionalism. Therefore, education system in Korea must be restructured dramatically.
    To begin with, rankings between universities must disappear. That is, universities must be standardized, without any possibility that can act as a tool to establish rankings. If education is that important, government should ensure all students an access to higher education, and to same equal quality of education. However, the Korean government has been aggravating inequality by intensifying competition concerning Korean SAT, and by solidifying the university ranking so-called “seoyeonko, seosunghan, joongkyungwoisi, and kundonghong” to protect “their” voters’ vested interests, who are mostly from the universities within top 10 rankings.
    The standardization of universities can solve a lot of social problems. Students do not have to study for more than 10 years to get good grades on SAT, which decides what you wear, what you eat, what you do for a living, and how you are treated by others. High suicide rates among teenagers will also decrease since “academic stress” is one of the main reasons why they commit suicide. A shocking fact is that suicide rate of teenagers is at its highest during SAT period, because many high school students commit suicides right before or right after taking SAT.
    If universities become standardized, people, especially teenagers can study what they really want or truly like. This will foster many professionals of various fields. People get seriously stressed out because a educational background is everything in Korea, literally. Korean education system not civilize or educate people, but coax people to form a tacit caste system. Korean people, especially the government should learn from France which has successfully established standardization of universities (although there still exists some kind of prestigious universities).

  5. GOGI permalink
    September 23, 2016 9:50 pm

    As far as I concerned, I want to change Korea`s English education system in state schools. Lots of people would agree that Korea`s English education is too much focused on the grammar. Before entering the university, student mostly study reading, vocabulary, grammar for the SAT. When they come to the university or get the job, however, they realize that the most important English skills are speaking and listening. These days, many companies require a person who speaks English fluently. And as we live in globalized society, there would be lots of chances to talk with foreign people when we doing something. But many Korean have a difficulty even explaining the ways to foreign new comers in English. Likewise, there is too much gap with the reality and the Education. So I think we should reform the old grammar based English education system to conversation centered education system.

  6. kiko permalink
    September 24, 2016 3:16 am

    Technically, I suppose that the korean English education system must be changed. There are lots of porblem we face. Forexample, most Korean people start to study english since they are elementary school students. However, they can’t have a fluent English communication skill with foreinger. No matter how we study english in long term, most Korean people are not good at speaking English.
    The first reason is a Grammar teaching method. The most part of korean teachers are too much depending on grammar, when they teach English to their students. As a result, korean students just are good at reading and grammar section even though they can’t speak anything.
    Therefore I think that English teachers do not focus on GTM. They have to teach English in four skills which are reading, listening , writing and speaking, because I do believe that meaningful learning is proceeded by integrated method.

  7. Dolphin permalink
    September 24, 2016 9:30 am

    In my opinion, the Korean education system should focus more on history. With the importance of history, Winston Churchill said, “A nation that forget its past has no future” in 1965. These days, however, history class time in Korea accounted for only 10% of the total class time. Compared with english class time which accounted for 20%, the importance of history class is despised.
    Also, only through history, it can be understandable for young students that the grief history of Korean. This can construct our ego systems and make our personalities. If students didn’t learn about history, it could be hard for students to be right people. For these reasons, history class time should be increased.

    • Jelly permalink
      September 25, 2016 7:27 pm

      I agree. Students should learn more about history These day students are so ignorant about it

  8. idontknow permalink
    September 24, 2016 8:45 pm

    I think that the Korean education system needs some changes, especially in the way of learning English. Korean learning system about English is usually focused on reading. A lot of tests are focused on only reading. For example, there is SAT that is for university. In English part of Korean SAT, it has less proportion of listening part comparing with reading part. Like this, the English classes in high school are only for reading. Because of these overemphasize system which is for only reading, many Koreans feel difficult to speak English, even though they have learned English for many years. Koreans have high level on English grammar, but their communication skills are not. I think communication skill is more important than grammar skill in foreign languages. So, i think Korean education system in learning English needs some changes.

  9. AND JULY permalink
    September 25, 2016 12:00 am

    There are lots of different kind of education system around the globe. In Korea especially, they usually educate students by using indoctrination system. In my opinion, there are not so much good thing in indoctrination education system. First thing is that they don’t have much opportunity to participate in their class. Secondly, usually when we only teach students with indoctrination system, it means that we don’t care much about each student ability in studying. Lastly, it is hard for students to think creatively. In order to solve this problem of education system, I think indoctrination education system should be changed in to self-directed learning system. It has lots of advantage than indoctrination system. First reason for this is that, when we adapt self-directed learning system, students could participate in class, because there are many chances for them to talk to their teachers. Secondly, we don’t have to worry about discrimination in class. Students could measure their level and tell their teachers to adjust themselves. Because of this they could fit well in class. Lastly, students could think more creatively. Because, when they study by themselves and learn more thing by actual class, they could get more information than before. Moreover, they could think that why those kind of things happen in our world or how should we deal with this matter. This change will cause great effect to many students. Still self-directed learning could have it’s own weakness, but when we overcome it’s flaw, we could change everything around us. Moreover, by change the formal education system, students could get more ideas and knowledge, and they can get some more feedback with their teachers. In addition to this, students could be more active than before. So in my opinion, I think we should change formal education system in to self-directed learning system.

  10. bingo 77 permalink
    September 25, 2016 1:10 am

    In my opinion, I think children should be required to learn art and music just like they are required to learn science and math. Learning art and music is beneficial for children to be more creative. Korean’s education system tends to focus on studying science and math. For example, when I was in 3rd grade in high school, most art and music classes were replaced by self- studying time called 자습. So we didn’t spend much time learning creative activity such as art and music. However, when I entered the university, I realized that today’s competition among people has made it more essential for people to be more original and imaginative in order to survive and become successful. In addition, cramming education such as memorizing or repeating can prevent a person from being creative. Having the ability is crucial because countries and communities around the world are becoming more connected and thus, force people to compete with each other more aggressively. Therefore, it is almost impossible to be a frontrunner without constantly making something new. All things considered, school should focus on art and music just like it should focus on science and math to become more creative.

  11. MOON permalink
    September 25, 2016 1:41 pm

    In my opinion, there are two things that need to be changed in Korean education system. First of all, it is too passive. Students always accept and take knowledge and answers that teachers give them. For example, in class, there are not any discussion classes in Korea until university. They don’t have a chance to think and speak an issue or problem by themselves. It makes them passive and not to think. Another is that there is only one answer. In Korean, students have to find just one correct answer, even though they don’t agree with that. If a student has a question about that, it is not accepted to doubt why it would be like that. Everything is so standardized and uniform in Korean education that every student is similar and not creative. These should be changed; therefore, students in Korea have a better chance to study and learn knowledge only for tests and even values for their lives.

  12. September 25, 2016 3:54 pm

    In my opinion, the way of lecture should be improved in the Korean education system especially in secondary school. Normally, students don’t have enough opportunities to express their opinions since teachers are main agent of each class. Most classes are focused on not discussion but one-sided teaching. Moreover, although teachers ask students to answer some questions autonomically, they mind speaking out their ideas. There is a lack of communication between teacher and students. Many students tend to be passive and enter the university with the lack of skills to express their ideas. By doing discussion, students could learn not only how to express their idea but also understand others one. For these reasons, students should have more opportunities to do discussion from secondary school.

  13. Lana permalink
    September 25, 2016 6:14 pm

    There are many problems in Korea education system. One of the problems that I would like to change most is developed private education.
    Statistically, a monthly average of private education cost is 240 thousands in 2014. And, participation rate of private education after schools is 68.6% in 2014. And personally, when I was high school students, most of students slept in school for studying in academy at night. I could see collapsing public education and developed private education.
    The reason I would like to change most is it aggravates gap between the rich and the poor. There is academic functionalism in our society. The student who studies in academy could get high score easily compared with students who does not study in academy. The student who get high score from test could go high level of university, and the student who get low score go low level of university. The university is only standard that evaluates ability of student in our society. Thus, the person who graduates high level of university gets high wages and the person who graduates low level of university gest low wages. The rich passes down their rich to their children and the poor passes down their poor to their children.
    In conclusion, I want to change developed private education and collapsing public education system for solving gap between the rich and poor.

  14. Jelly permalink
    September 25, 2016 6:42 pm

    Korea is well known country for it’s education system. Even the president of the United State admired it during his speech. According to him the United States should emulate Korean environment of education. However, I don’t agree with him because this structure of Korean education system is taking opportunities away from students to be a subject of their life. Every Korean students’ daily routines are standardized. They go to school and follow the direction which is set up by the school. Even after school hours, students have to stay at school until self- study time is over. The school is controlling their whole day. In this way, we will find out students not concentrating and staring off into space. I think the form of education cannot be decided by any kind of organization. Education is required for students to grown up as a mature person not to assess how much they have studied. Therefore, Korean schools have to figure out the real definition of an education.
    To change this system, school should let student to make their own direction of education. They should decide what they want to learn about and how they want to achieve it. Make sure that they can set their time rather to study or not. Students have to live an independent ife.

  15. BOO permalink
    September 25, 2016 6:59 pm

    In my opinion, the Korean education system should be changed. Currently, the Korean education system of teching is the cramming method of teaching. Most of the schools and teachers tend to concentrate only on grades from the given test. So students have no choice but to study for the given exam. That’s why they have not known the essentials of education since at a young age.
    And then, i think it is more important to teach students how they can think creatively than the cramming method. The class should have discussions. Because it can help them share their thinking about topic or the lessons with each other and it comes with greater understanding. This makes them have a lot wider viwe of thinking and have familiarity with their studies.
    If the Korean education system change like that, the way Korean students study can be more essential.

  16. greentea permalink
    September 25, 2016 7:24 pm

    I think the worst problem in the Korean education system is it is excessively desk-friendly. In Korea, field learning activities are regarded as very special events. Because there are only few opportunities for field learning. Even subjects which have importance for practice such as science, physical education, art tend to ignore activities. Ironically, universities and companies want active students who don’t sit at desk always. However if students only participate in a sincere attitude in the Korean education system, it is hard to satisfy that requires. They need time and money for those activities additionally. This fact proves the Korean education system’s limitation. It also leads to the private education which is a big social problem in Korea.

  17. Eve21 permalink
    September 25, 2016 8:35 pm

    The system I would like to change is mandatory university system. In Korea, most students needs to go to university if they want a better job, or succeeding life. Going to university might be a burden to some people because of huge budget, and even though you need to choose what you want to learn, there’s many cases that it is just a waste of time and money. I hope that Korean students have many more options other than going to university.

  18. Rachel permalink
    September 25, 2016 9:36 pm

    The education system that I would like to change is English teaching focused on reading.
    Especially In korea, English education is overheated. In order to score a number of students,
    Eglish education in Korea is only focused on reading. Because It is easy to score, compared to writing and speaking. However, English is language, It has to be distinguished from other subjects. Since It is language, It has to be focused on speaking as a communicaton tool.
    If people can not say whatever thay want to say, It is useless. When We see other countries,
    they are good at speaking. Even though Korean people’s score are high over the average in the world, Korean students don’t have confidence that much in English.
    In my opinion, In middle and high school English education system have to change for students.

  19. September 25, 2016 9:48 pm

    I think Korean education system should be changed. Korean education system focuses on an entrance examination. Most academic high school neglects other subjects such as art, music and physical education. It doesn’t help student’s future life because it just cares about short-term outcome in entrance examination. In this system, firstly, students cannot have various experiences and capabilities. It is not a good way. Students in adolescence should nourish their spirit and heart as well as knowledge. Secondly, they also cannot find their real interest in this system. It makes students choose major at university without proper self-understanding. Many students are confused by their future career because they don’t know well what they want. For this reason, Korean education system should be changed so that students have various learning. Therefore government should reinforce school hour of art, music, physical education and club activity.

  20. Gunner permalink
    September 25, 2016 10:24 pm

    In Korea, the ultimate purpose of education until high school curriculum is enter a prestigious university. This is one of big problems in Korean education system, however, there is more serious problem in Scholastic Aptitude Test, which is one of the most important national event. It is really important and essential for Korean students who want to enter the university. The problem is that students’ effort for twelve years is evaluated in just one day by just one test. Even the importance of Korean Scholastic Aptitude is too high. If some students who are ill in day of the test, their endeavor will become nothing. I think it is really unreasonable. In my opinion, the importance of Korean Scholastic Aptitude should be much decreased. Beside, other evaluation systems that can evaluate students through long term are necessary.

  21. onlyyou76 permalink
    September 26, 2016 5:19 pm

    In my opinion, discussion classes should be actively run for students. Korean education system is focused mainly on academic courses based on books. In addition, students are forced to memorize all stuff from books rather being learned step by step based on fundumental things. In U.S.A, discussion is one of parts of classes and they are free to share their ideas since they were young. Even in universities, students are not used to with discussion and they don’t even ask question even though they don’t understand something.
    We tend to be afraid to ask questions or share opinions with other people.

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