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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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East Asia's maritime disputes

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A race for energy resources makes unresolved territorial disputes more dangerous in both North-East and South-East Asia

Tags: borders, political, conflict, water, China, Japan, East Asia.


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Very topical here in Asia and an awesome example of using current events to develop student understanding of the world around them. It also demonstrates practical uses for geographic knowledge/understanding.

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Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:48 PM

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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 2014 1:04 PM

Oil resources in the South China Sea are fueling territorial disputes over small islands and territorial waters. China, in order to claim these oil plays for itself, is claiming islands all over the sea. Extending its EEZ will ensure these oil plays. Many of these islands are no more than coral atolls, but China is arguing that they belong to it because of its measures to develop some of these islands. One resort islands and weather stations are being constructed in order to provide some sort of legitimate claim to these places. Also, by claiming these islands and expanding the EEZ, China is trying to claim other countries' EEZs as its own. While China is the powerhouse of the region, many fear that land grabs may turn into military action. 

 

As long as the world is reliant on fossil fuels, territorial disputes will continue and possibly grow in number. Dependency on a non-renewable resource will eventually lead to more regional and global arguments. 

Edgar Manasseh Jr.'s curator insight, April 12, 2015 3:26 PM

The dispute between The north and South of asia are evident. in a global perspective this territorial battle in somewhat may affect global development as far as trading with the United states. It will affect global interests, and this is why the senator kerry as i recall has made countless trips to help resolve the issues between the two North east and the South to come into an agreement to help because they dont want to loose energy resources and disturb the security that has been provided its a very tough situation.