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Written by 황인영 (Irene Hwang) | Published. 2018.10.18 21:15 | Count : 530
Studying abroad at an early age was a trend in Korea a few years ago. Although now it has been less severe, if you search ‘Korean student studying abroad’ the first thing that will come up, as a result, would be an advertisement about how the overseas educational institutes have put many kids into Ivy League schools and the good quality of out-of-Korea education. However, people should take a step back and ask themselves why they want to be sent to a foreign country just for the benefits of education. What makes them so sure that other education system except for Koreans, would work for them?  No guarantees are made so far, but it is possible to think that it is because there is something about Korean education that gets into those people’s hairs.

Conveniently enough, the dominant perspective of people towards Korean education is ‘12 hours of studying’, ‘memorization,’ and ‘repetitive.’ Opposing to this, American education has idolized itself in Korea as being ‘practical,’ ‘diverse,’ and ‘comprehensible.’ However, despite people’s thoughts, South Korea is one of the top-performing OECD countries in reading literacy, mathematics, and sciences with the average student scoring 642 in SAT. In spite of this situation, there are still many attempts by Korean parents to send their child to another country for a different experience/education. However, disregarding the differences of countries, universities focus on the student’s own encounters of different experiences and overcoming the bumps along the road. One of the Korean senior from Bellevue High School, tried ‘12 years of education in the US’ method to get into one of the top Korean universities. However, due to his not diverse range of experience, he didn’t get accepted. This heartbreaking turndown from university shows that what is important is not the country that matters. Majority of the students that travel abroad to study goes through hard times both academically and socially. It is essential to know what kind of study students want, and where they want to enlarge their academic view further.

The factual difference between the US and Korean Education is that while Korean education is provided for three years, relatively known competitive, and one SAT-like test(CSAT) per year, restricting student’s chance of getting better scores. It ultimately takes a significant role in deciding the student’s college. Catherine(16) is one of the students in Gangnam, surviving the tough environment at school to get her grades up for her dream. She goes to three academies, 35 hours per week. She described her life as ‘competitive, straight forward goal (getting into universities in Seoul), and ambiguous.” Compared to this, American education accordingly provides four years of high school, includes time for extracurricular as varsity sports, various clubs referring to each what student wants, and most importantly, three or four chances to take the SAT. Although, having many opportunities to take the SAT doesn’t ensure Ivy League colleges. Nat, varsity soccer captain at Newport High School , explained that her life is equally balanced with study and sports. As sports is her way of resolving stress, Nat told “SAT and AP are quite stressful, but I can manage it.” It seems clear that Koreans focus more on academics while Americans focal point is the experience students get.
 
[A student who attends American education based high school
is enjoying science class by doing the experiment and discussing, http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181009000246&ACE_SEARCH=1]
[Korean High School Students are studying hard,
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160425000869&ACE_SEARCH=1]
Overall, learning is not something people can judge by its dignity or reputation. It is more about what is the right fit for the person. People have individual taste, and so does education. Growing objective view is a part of being mature. Rather than chasing other’s dreams, students nowadays, living occupied lives, should have more considerations of what, where, and how to achieve their goals.

 
 

 









황인영 (Irene Hwang)
Grade 10
Cheungshim International Academy

황인영 (Irene Hwang)  student_reporter@dherald.com

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  • Jason 2018-11-14 21:35:51

    -y's perspective on education towards an educational philosophy that creates the "whole-child"?   삭제

    • Jason 2018-11-14 21:34:28

      Great article - I definitely agree with you that there is often a misconception or a disillusioned Korean dream that university means everything? Seeing this problem be so deeply rooted in our culture and society, do you think there are ways for us to tackle this? How can we shift an entire countr-   삭제

      • Jaehong Min 2018-10-27 20:56:33

        This is truly an interesting topic. Although the points you made regarding the cons of rote education in Korean schools, it would have been great if you included the pros and cons of both sides, and compare and contrast the two more thoroughly. Nice effort on the article!   삭제

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