South Korean Education System

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Years ago, South Korea faced multiple obstacles because of its wreckage from the civil war. Yet over the past century, South Korea has greatly improved, and applauded internationally for their high educational outcome. However, despite its success, the system’s still being complained by the public. The focuses of this research are to provide fundamental information about the educational system of South Korea, abundant details about the factors that made the system one of the best, criticisms towards the system, and the systems effects on students and parents. The South Korean educational system’s common as it’s divided into three parts namely: primary school, middle school, and high school. From age six to twelve, children have to be in Primary…show more content…
The students have to be in school from 9 am to 5 pm and then attend cram schools at night which usually ends at 11 pm; however, it doesn’t stop there. As soon as they’re done with their after-school classes, they do their homework and study more; as a result, they barely sleep four hours a night. In additional to that, according to a Swedish documentary called the “Miracle of Korean Education”, due to the harsh competition, students of South Korea study over 60 hours a week. Because of those facts, the public believe that the system favors students with good memorizing skills and disregards students who have creativity; therefore it is a loss to the nation since creativity leads to innovation and advancement in the technology race. Another known criticism by the public is the suicide rate amongst adolescents. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranked South Korean students (elementary up to high school) the lowest in terms of happiness because of the overload schoolwork and exam preparations that students have to prepare for, thus affect the students’ health and emotions. If a student fails to pass or to achieve the score they need to have so that they can attend on their desired university on their CSAT, then there’s a chance they’ll fall under depression and sometimes, their…show more content…
The most important factors that made it one of the best are their advanced technology and the environment surrounding the students. Every school has a high-speed internet and use technology to improve their schools and the government, teachers and parents work together so that they can the help students have a better future. However, the system still receives criticisms. The public believes that it’s advantageous for students with good memorizing skills while it’s the reverse for students who have creativity; therefore it is a loss to the nation since creativity leads to innovation and advancement in the technology race. Also, the system greatly affects the mental and physical health of the students, the economy of the country and the fertility rate of the nation as how expensive it is for children to have a great

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