has education changed compared fifty years ago?
Hmmm, it is difficult to answer. For this question, I must talk about what I heard
from my father. According to him,
there were much more students in one class fifty years ago, like 60 to 70
student, and most of the students had to walk about 5 kilometers to go to the
school every morning, because there weren’t many schools. But now, classes are
much smaller and there are more schools. However, one thing that didn’t change at all is the memorization. My father had to memorize almost every single page of
the text books and so did I.
What has been changed positively for the students?
Well, I guess the
smaller class size is the most
positive change for students. Nowadays, students can engage in discussion
over a subject given by the teacher. Thanks
to the small classes, the education has become much more interactive than before.
kinds of changes do we need for education?
Wow, it is a big question. I would say, A LOT. There are increasingly loud voices for educational
reform in Korea. The secondary education in Korea is largely based on
memorization rather than creativity
or critical thinking. We need to encourage students to engage in discussions
and creative activities. Also we need to provide more teachers so that students
can study in smaller classes. But most
of all, I think Korean education needs a fundamental change in the basic
concept and perspective. We can first begin
with treating students as a human being with emotion and needs, not as a
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