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CRW2 (Summer class) Unit 2 Education

July 2, 2020

Please write a paragraph (approx. 120-150 words) on the following question by 1:00 PM Friday, June 3rd.

What is your view on private tuition outside of school (i.e private classes with a tutor)? DO you think that this type of study may increase the gap between rich and poor?

Note: There are a few useful vocabulary words on pp. 38-39.

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  1. EUN JUN AN permalink
    July 2, 2020 3:36 pm

    I think that private tuition outside of school is helpful for every students. Some students supplement their weak parts in school, others can upgrade their knowledge. Moreover, in past, private lesson can be possible only rich person. However, in today, free lesson like youtube, blog and website can allow the poor to approach that information. For example, city and countryside are huge gap in study. Although this gap perfectly disappeared, students in out of city can fill up this gap by using these free lecture. In fact, in present, besides free lecture charged lecture cost in online is decreased. So, the poor have a spare to invest their money in study. In conclusion, whether it is free or charged, this private lecture continues to decrease the gap between the poor and rich.

  2. Hong Jun Lee permalink
    July 2, 2020 3:37 pm

    Recently, students having private tuition are increasing. It’s because the hyper-competitive society is being made. Students feel pressure to go to better university. But there is a big problem made by private tuition. The gap between rich student and poor student can be larger than before. For example in Korea, many students have private tuition, but the price and the quality of them are extremely different. Expensive private tuition goes up to almost a million won. Rich students can have that class, on the other hand, poor students can’t have that class. And after having that class, the whole comprehension and competence of the course of the students are much higher than the students didn’t have the class. If these things continue, the balance between rich students and poor students tilts. So the private tuition makes the gap between the rich and the poor.

  3. Seo Ju Won permalink
    July 2, 2020 5:20 pm

    Private tuition is something that should be cooled down, since it is so overloaded in Korea. It is now generally spread, and many students have private education to enhance their studying and grades which leads to an opportunity to go to universities they want. In Korea, the belief that going to good universities will guarantee a succeeded life is so prevalent. So, students compete with each other to get good grades and in that process, appearance of private education was an inevitable consequence. I have a negative view on private education but also think that it is inseparable with Korea’s education system because it is all about competing and winning, and private education is one of the means to win in this competition. This will increase the gap between rich and poor because private education depends on one’s ability to afford it. Rich people can afford various kinds of high-quality tutoring but the poor cannot and this deepens the gap between these two.

  4. Park, In Seong permalink
    July 3, 2020 12:28 am

    I think private education undermines the value of public education. Public education provides a level of curriculum considered appropriate for students from the country. However, excessive prior learning due to private education has made education provided by schools meaningless. In addition, private tuition outside of school can increase the gap between rich and poor. Even though it can be closed to some extent because of technology, it cannot get away from the matter of money fundamentally. It means that even if private education is available for most students, the gap between rich and poor will not disappear because of the quality of education from the difference in the amount of money. In Korea, for example, students can take free lectures through some internet courses such as EBS, but they cannot receive specific personal feedback or receive high quality of materials that can be provided by expensive private tuition. After all, poor students fall behind again from those students who can afford expensive private tuition. In this way, this type of study may increase the gap between rich and poor. For these reasons, I think private education is affecting adversely on students in general.

  5. Hong Jung Min permalink
    July 3, 2020 1:47 am

    Historically, state education has a shorter history than private tuition. The first teachers or educators in history are known as private tutors for the rich in ancient Greece and the concept of state education was later introduced during the industrial revolution period. However, due to the emergence of the public education system, private tuition evolves as a supplement to help students to get better grades on their exams in school. I agree that private tuition can help students to learn what they want with enough care provided by teachers. However, I believe that private tuition is not always beneficial for both individual students and society due to these three reasons.
    First, private tuition outside of school is reinforcing a hyper-competitive learning environment for students which makes students unhappy. For instance, many Korean students are now attending cram schools known as ‘학원’ because they do not want to fall behind other students.
    Next, it may create endless boundaries between different socioeconomic classes. Thanks to the internet, many students can now have access to free yet useful online lectures and ask questions anytime they want. However, it does not mean that they are starting their journey at the same place as the students who are going to cram schools. Some say that technological advancement, for example, an AI technology will handle this problem. However, I believe that it is not true because many companies in the education industry are leading the development of AI for teaching students and differentiate their products with unique selling points.
    Finally, private tuition may not be helpful for students in terms of learner autonomy and meaningful learning. Learner autonomy is a key to survive in this rapidly changing society, but private tuition often makes students rely more on tutors, resulting in a detrimental impact on students’ learner autonomy. Moreover, some private tutors or cram schools make drill exercises and summaries for their students to show their impact of learning in the short term. However, this can lead students to less learning but more meaningless memorization and drill exercises.

  6. An Geon Hyeong permalink
    July 3, 2020 3:27 am

    I think private tuition outside of school is inevitable. Normally ‘school’ is a place where students have a different ability in learning. Even though they have different ability, teachers should focus on every single student to make none of them give up learning. Which means, teachers have to teach in the average of their ability. On the other hand, students have to compete with other students to get a high score on the test. This is because their scores are really matters in their future lives (at least in a few years). But, at the reason of learning only in a school is not sufficient to compete with other students for a high score, they go out from a school and take a private tuition. This has a disadvantage at the point of increasing the possibility of the gap between rich and poor. However, Korea is one of the most demanding countries that requires competition. Therefore, I insist that private tuition outside of school is inevitable in Korea even if this will increase the gap between rich and poor.

  7. KIM TAEGYU permalink
    July 3, 2020 9:07 am

    I am positive about private classes with a tutor outside of school. Since each pupil has a different capacity to comprehend lectures at school, I think extra lessons would be helpful for pupils those who want to catch up with the class. Of course, this type of study may increase the gap between haves and have-nots as a result. However, in my point of view, private tuition is a type of investment that allocate money in the expectation of some advantages in the future. And like any other investments, it is natural that it might make a difference anyhow. We ought to pay attention on any excess by all means, on the other hand, we should not only prohibit this kind of effort as an excuse for social justice. Furthermore, as things have changed, even poor students could afford to take quality extra lessons by online learning recently. In conclusion, I believe private tuition plays a positive role in improving student’s performance.

  8. Wu Dan permalink
    July 3, 2020 9:53 am

    I don’t think the real difference comes from the education in the classroom. It’s the temperament, the way you think about things, the different patterns that money creates. The real difference between the haves and have-nots is the perception of the same thing. Poor people may think that reading is a useless thing, because their grandparents and parents may not have read books, and so live. The really rich know the importance of reading books, of constantly renewing their thoughts and ideas. Moreover, the gap between classes is not formed in a short year or two years. Like the political system, it takes decades or even hundreds of years. Time is the only true creator and the only great destroyer. A long time is not only enough to change a thing, but also enough to slowly widen the gap between people. In my opinion, cognition determines destiny, and the fundamental way to change cognition is to read books. Therefore, I think reading books will widen the gap between people.

  9. Yoonjunseo permalink
    July 3, 2020 10:52 am

    I think private education is too much in Korea now, and it is undermining the true value of public education. Currently, Korea spends a lot of money on private education to go to university, which also increases the gap between the rich and the poor. Due to excessive private education, students do not take classes at school, and the value of public education is being undermined. Some students who do not have much money also expand their knowledge through EBS free internet lectures and go to university with their own efforts. However, the poor students may feel relative deprivation when they see rich students who get a one-on-one chance to fix their shortcomings and teach them, and poor students can’t get these high quality lectures. Therefore, excessive private education in Korea is increasing the gap between the rich and the poor, and I think it is fair to reduce private education.

  10. Sung Hee Jeong permalink
    July 3, 2020 11:04 am

    What is your view on private tuition outside of school (i.e private classes with a tutor)? DO you think that this type of study may increase the gap between rich and poor?

    To confront this topic I would like to reflect on my own experience with private institutions and tuoturs. I went to an English Kindegarden at the age of 6, then was sent to an private Elementary school. During those years my parents sent me to at least 7 different institutions including, arts and crafts, piano, vocal, swimming, English, Math and language arts. Then later on at the age of 9 I went abroad the U.S.
    Among those experiences, going to a private elementary school strikingly showed that the educational system in Korea emphasizes,’Competition and the economical gap that follows.’ Such value seems to have become a value within the educational system in Korea. The idea statistics and numbers has been the quickest and likely, most efficent way to assess human ability in different types of fields has become standardized. Parents are investing great amount of money in to their children’s eduaction for the sake of winning the competition. If majority of the assessment is based on rankings and statistics, and those who have out acheived others are able to take advantage of their rankings, it is inveitable that the standard of living for the people should be based on their educational background.

  11. Choi hye yeon permalink
    July 3, 2020 11:18 am

    I think private tuition outside of school is necessary to some extent because there are parts that cannot be filled by public education alone. I think that what is lacking in public education can be studied more privately by using private institutes or various media. In the past, private tutors and private institutes were examples. However, these days, I think private education can be approached more easily with the advent of various media such as YouTube, blogs, and Internet lectures. With the development of science and technology and the development of electronic communication devices, anyone can easily access private tuition. Therefore, I don’t think such private tuition will increase the gap between rich and poor students. In the old days, private tuition will inevitably widen the gap between rich and poor students. Nowadays, however, private Internet lectures and YouTube lectures are more popular than private academies. Based on this, poor students can enjoy learning opportunities as much as much as possible. Even poor students can enjoy the benefits of private tuition because these learning media do not have to spend too much money economically and in time. Now there is no need for poor students to raise money hard to get private tutors. Therefore, I think private tuition does not widen the gap between rich and poor students. My opinion is that opportunities of private tuition level the playing field for both haves and have-nots.

  12. LEE HYUK-SOO permalink
    July 3, 2020 11:50 am

    I firmly believe that private tuition is unnecessary for the most students in Korea. It is because private classes with a tutor are only available for those privileged students coming from wealthy families. This will undermine the notion of equal opportunity for all in education. In fact, Many Korean students already think that they have nothing to learn from schools and start to put more value on private education institutes’ programs. This kind of phenomenon will eventually increase the gap between the rich and poor as students from the bottom rung of a social ladder cannot afford expensive private tutoring sessions and have difficulty catching up with the students from high-income families. In order to provide our students with an equal playing field where they can compete each other fairly, the Korean government must regulate private classes conducting outside of school and add more in-school programs for students.

  13. Bang Na Yeon permalink
    July 3, 2020 11:58 am

    Some people believe that private tuition may increase the gap between haves and have-nots. However, as far as I am concerned, private classes are not related to inequality. This is because with the fast development of technology nowadays, students can study whenever they want and wherever they are as long as they have the internet access. This means that they can obtain more opportunities to study efficiently and effectively regardless of private tutoring. The perfect example of this is my cousin. When he was a high school student, he could not afford expensive private tuition because his parents had low-paying jobs. However, he could study anywhere anytime through EBS online lecture, famous free education program in Korea. Moreover, this lecture provided extensive information, interesting video clips, and sound effects. This allowed him to concentrate on his academic matters, and eventually he was accepted to Seoul University without help of private classes. This indicates that the technological development levels the playing field between rich and poor.

  14. Park Hyun-min permalink
    July 3, 2020 12:32 pm

    I think private classes with a tutor can help many Korean students. Also, I think it is practical not only for what he or she has learned in school but also for extra learning. In the past, there were many poor students who couldn’t listen to these private classes because it was expensive. Such private classes also caused the gap between rich and poor.

    However, I don’t think it’s a problem now that YouTube has become popular and a part of many people’s lives. These days, many students can take high-quality lectures for free on YouTube. In fact, I receive help from various lectures on YouTube to make it easier to understand the classes I take at university. In conclusion, I think the gap between rich and poor in private classes can be resolved to some extent through the YouTube platform.

  15. Jeon Jinhwi permalink
    July 3, 2020 12:40 pm

    I think that private tuition outside of school increases the gap between the rich and the poor. Public education conducted by the government is to give all children a same chance. The ideal way to level the playing field is for students to follow the programs of schools. Some people say that private education is necessary because there are students who have difficulty catching up with the classes, but public schools have already provided extra help such as free after school classes.
    If more than half of the students have tutors, teachers would teach in the average of their ability. I’ve actually seen a lot of teachers skip explaining the basic of the subject, expecting most of the students to prepare at the private tuition. Most students who could not afford it ended up with falling behind.
    In a hyper competitive society, good grades are likely to bring decent jobs, and decent jobs lead to high incomes. If expensive private tuition is required to get good grades, wealth or poverty are likely to be passed down.
    Between the haves and have-nots, educational opportunities have tilted in favor of the former. We must avoid private education. Otherwise, the weak will be excluded.

  16. Lee Hong Jun permalink
    July 3, 2020 1:00 pm

    Recently, students having private tuition are increasing. It’s because the hyper-competitive society is being made. Students feel pressure to go to better university. But there is a big problem made by private tuition. The gap between rich student and poor student can be larger than before. For example in Korea, many students have private tuition, but the price and the quality of them are extremely different. Expensive private tuition goes up to almost a million won. Rich students can have that class, on the other hand, poor students can’t have that class. And after having that class, the whole comprehension and competence of the course of the students are much higher than the students didn’t have the class. If these things continue, the balance between rich students and poor students tilts. So the private tuition makes the gap between the rich and the poor.

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