South Korea is popping up increasingly in international news & often, in special reports that echo a lot of the generalizations an expat might make after living here for several months. Take a look!
I do agree that the US could incorporate some elements of the rigorous system here--and isn't it better for South Korea to be ahead and have to scale back than to be bogged down with funding and quality of education woes? I also understand the education official's concern about creativity and imagination being stunted...I've been trying to incorporate more integrated activities (art projects, spontaneous brain exercises) into my kindergarten classroom but even then, we so often have to teach to the test, which seems detrimental to kids that age.
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Yup...these kids need more fresh air and less screen time. I understood this less as a South Korean dilemma and more an indicator of where first-world technology and free time is headed. Tragic.
I'd be interested to hear any reader's thoughts on these topics or any other news items about S Korea that you've noticed.