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Re: “Korea: What cost high test scores?

As a side note, South Korea also boasts the highest level of teenage suicide. It is extremely short sighted to observe this environment and declare it superior. The scores and dedication of the students is commendable; however, this is not born from a love of learning. These students are forced, like zoo animals, to perform.

I abhorred high school and performed poorly, but I loved learning. I performed well on the ACT and gained college admission. I attained a 3.87 GPA in college and proceeded to a reputable graduate school graduating with an equally high GPA. Just think, in South Korea, I would be a laborer.

Some children need motivation. In some cases, the educator, parents, and the system need to evaluate practices and determine their failures. It is not always a lazy child--that is just the easy answer. No, I do not admire the "one size fits all" approach to this educational format. It leads to group think, lack of critical thinking skills, underestimation of talent, and, in some cases, premature death.

Posted by Scott Blankenship on 03/08/2013 at 5:35 AM

 

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