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South Korea’s Education System Hurts Students

South Korea’s Education System Hurts Students | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
South Korean education produces ranks of overachieving students who pay a stiff price in health and happiness.
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Being at the top of the PISA tables means what exactly? It is interesting that over the last 10 years or so countries such as Korea, Japan, Singapore & China (Hong Kong, Macau & Shanghai) have become well entrenched at the top of the table. Having lived/worked in Japan and now Singapore where I work with a lot of Korean and Chinese kids, it is very clear that the results in the PISA are due in large parts to long hours of attendance at cram schools (i.e. juku in Japan, hagwon in Korea, Buxiban in China). The mental stress caused by this must be horrible. Sand but true.

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Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning : NPR

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning : NPR | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
For the most part in American culture, intellectual struggle in school children is seen as an indicator of weakness, while in Eastern cultures it is not only tolerated, it is often used to measure emotional strength.
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This is really interesting. Having taught in Asia (Japan, Thailand, Singapore) and New Zealand, I can see both angles here. Is it possible to entwine both ways? Would that be a positive thing to do? 

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Asia today echoes divided Europe of 1914

Asia today echoes divided Europe of 1914 | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Have we learnt anything from the mistakes of the past? Perhaps not, as modern Asia shows signs of falling into the same traps that triggered World War I.
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A short, quite interesting piece on the geopolitical similarities between Europe in 1914 and Asia in 2014. As stand offs over the South China Sea develop and the crises in the Middle East continue to fester, I seriously wonder if we are on the brink of another global conflict. What do other people think?

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