Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Newsweek ranked Korea as World's 15th-best country.

7 comments:

  1. we're #2 in education? that has got to be a joke.

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  2. Indeed Mary, that is an absurd suggestion. The rote style learning espoused by the Korean educational system is about as useful for producing international citizens (or anything else) as repeatedly slamming one's head against a rock - which is kind of what rote style learning feels like. This is evident to virtually every young Korean I encounter, who listens in envy to my accounts of my own liberal, Socratic education, and dreads having to send their own children into the school-factories that make up Korea's education system.

    On a more positive note, the overall ranking of 15th place is yet another achievement Koreans should be proud of. Truly a remarkable rags-to-riches story if there ever was one.

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  3. The rote style learning is far from ideal, but it does work extremely well for international test carried out to gauge students' abilities of various countries.

    This is great news but of course you can always question how well numerical measurements can truly reflect society.

    Another ranking for the Korean government to obssess over. ^^

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  4. Most probably will agree that education is one element that is essential for Korea's rapid development. I don't hold a phd in education to disect Korea's educational system but there must be something good to produce well trained engineers etc.

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  5. Finland won, however. I will now do a gloating dance all over you blog. All that really counts to Finns is that we beat Sweden.

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  6. A little late but I really couldn't help but notice Australia was number 4. It amazes me that we rank so highly among those fields yet so many people who live here take their life completely for granted.

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