August 18, 2015
This week’s Speaker’s Corner comes with a whole bunch of links from Pearson, Edudemic, Huffington Post, and the NCEE talking about the Korean Education system and why it is the best. I think a lot of people will argue about the definition of what “best” actually means. In fact, we had one person rather incensed at the question asked this week and demanding proof backing up our claims. Ha!
Now, we’re not saying that Korean Education is the best in the world, because we haven’t really experienced what other countries have to offer. What we can say about the Korean Education system, though, is that the concept of getting high grades seems to be more valued than actually learning something. This was one of the reasons why Simon quit teaching in his middle school after they administration asked him to press play on an English tape recording so that the kids could memorize the correct answers for the upcoming test. They would prefer their students to memorize and not learn rather than have a certified English teacher engage the kids in real live conversation which actively engages the brain! So he stepped away from that and started focusing on this YouTube thing instead :D
So what is education like where you are from? Do you agree that Korean education is the best or do you have experience with Korean that says otherwise? Let us know!