I have decided that this topic is long over due (especially since I’m now working in a Korean elementary school). There are SO MANY DIFFERENCES between the two education systems. Although I have never been a Korean teacher, I have been able to see the different ways the education systems are set up. I have seen a plethora of differences between the faculty, the students, the policies, and the physical buildings themselves. Due to the sheer amount of topics, my posts will come out as a series. I thought I would start with a taste of this topic with only TEN (very generic) similarities but, as a warning, some of these similarities will probably be elaborated on as differences in future posts.
- There are teachers, principals, vice principals, and (of course) students.
- There is a bell schedule with ‘passing periods’ (breaks between classes).
- There are standardized (government issued) tests each school year per grade and there are ‘practice’ exams for said standardized tests.
- There are midterm and final exams (teacher made).
- There is at least one set of restrooms on each floor of the school.
- There are behavior rules/codes of conduct for students.
- Students are expected to bring textbooks and pens/pencils to class.
- There is a set curriculum with room for electives.
- Classrooms consist of a teacher’s desk as well as student desks (and chairs of course).
- There is a graduation ceremony.
This will probably be the only post in list format on this topic. More to come!