Education Beyond America
Lauren Lemorande, Whitney Cummins, Bailey Cisar,
Finland - Lauren
Schools in Finland are one of the best school systems in the world. Homework is a big thing for many kids around the world, but not in Finland. "The average is less than an hour per day! They learn what they need to know in the classroom so they can have plenty of time for friends, family and other interests after school." (Dalporto,7). Finish students aren't used to technology use in school, "However, in the past 2-3 years this has changed a lot. iPads and other tablets have come to Finnish schools." (Rubin, 6). Along with homework finish students don't have very long school days. "Average school day in Finland is 5 hours long" (Wearetechers, 2). Finland schools are ahead of the game and passing many different schools.
South Korea - Whitney
South Korea is at the top of their game when it comes to education. Their success does have its costs, however. What a lot of people believe is that higher test scoring countries go to school all the time and that a student's whole life revolves around education. That isn't a total lie, yet it is also not the entire truth. For a South Korean student, they do focus a lot on their education because they want to get into one of the three top colleges which include S University, K University, and Y University (S.K.Y). They are under a lot more pressure when it comes to their scores and grades than many other countries. They spend a little over eight hours in school each day and attend school 200 days per year. Student’s parents, as well as teachers, make sure they are efficient with their time. They’re effort obviously pays off because “South Korea is where 93% of all students graduate” (Lynch).
Punishment was also a downside to South Korea’s tip-top education. Only a few years ago was there a banning to giving physical punishment to students. Today, it is much more civilized and instead, schools have students do things like “stand for long periods of time during class, or they could run laps around the school's playground or pick up trash in the neighborhood." (Chul) Though the South Korean Education System has had issues such as these before, it doesn’t go much against everything they have done right. South Korea is definitely on the path of an amazing education.
Belgium - Bailey
Students in Belgium learn in many different ways. The students in Belgium are taught at the highest level, so they can get the best education. "Belgium is proud of the high standards of its educational systems" (Sparks, 3). They are taught with the use of modern day technology and by teachers in class sizes of 20 to 30. On average, students have an extra three hours of homework each night and are expected to get it done. To get to school, students use city busses, shuttle trains, walk and also bike to school. When students are not busy with homework and have free time many choose to do extracurriculars like hiking clubs, music programs, science fiction clubs, sports programs and arts and crafts. The students in Belgium are taught at a high level so they can get taught an education that will help them in their later future.
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