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  1. 1. International Education Presentation: The Education of South KoreaJacqueline Smith, Terrence Veal, Angela Williams, and Kimberly Mcdonald EDL/510: Teacher Leadership in a Global Society May 21, 2012 Stephanie Moreno
  2. 2. The Education of South KoreaThe South Korean educational system has maintained a top-notch reputationamong other nations in the world. With 97% of students graduating highschool, and with a rank of 2nd place in math on the PISA exam, it is clear whyeducation in South Korea has such a reputation (USA Today, 2008). In thefollowing, South Korea’s educational system will be explored in more detailincluding information about the following areas: Education History K-12 Schools English Language Instruction College/ University Political Involvement in Education Education in South Korea Today
  3. 3. Educational History South Korean education is viewed as being crucial for success and competition is consequently very heated and fierce. The level of educational achievement in South Korea has become widely known, and South Korean students have recently achieved the highest mean scores in science and math in the International Assessment of Educational Progress. 81% of middle and high schools forbid relationships among students. South Korea schools have a strong tendency to neglect physical education due to the over-competitive nature of classroom-based education.
  4. 4. Political Involvement South Korea still has issues with North Korea after the Korean war. This contributed South Korea’s confrontational stance against North Korea in the education field The National Intelligence Service was criticized for the search and seizure of a civilian think tank This incident was carried out through a warrant to investigate an alleged South Korean spy who followed an instruction from North Korean with a purpose of instigating a university student Rallies to stop the on-going tuition hike in South Korea
  5. 5. Teachers and School Administrators  Recruited from the top third percent of college graduates  Receive higher pay for teachers and administrators  Guaranteed a teaching position for life  Paid for rigorous training and professional development
  6. 6. Kindergarten and Elementary SchoolStudents (Grades K-6) From ages 3-12 yearsCurriculum Ministry of Education and the national curriculum  Academic Standards and BenchmarksSchool Year  Two Semesters: March–July & August-Febraury
  7. 7. Secondary School and UniversityCurriculum Ministry of Education and the National Curriculum Academic Standards and BenchmarksExams End of Year High School Exams College ExamsConcentration Math and Science
  8. 8. English Language EducationThe English Language is the most popular foreign language in South Korea15 trillion won (15.8 billion dollars) is spent on English Learning per yearMost start learning English from middle or elementary School.The South Korean government has a policy in place called the English Language Education (ELE)
  9. 9. South Korean Education Today Today, education remains the guiding principle of South Korean society, from affluent city dwellers to the poorest villagers. 93% of all students graduate from high school on time An experienced secondary-school teacher makes almost 25% more than a comparable American teacher, according to OECD data
  10. 10. ConclusionThroughout its troubled past, South Korea has become one of the top academic performing countries in the world. One of its main focus is to close the gap between the advantage and disadvantage students. The educational system supports creativity and emphasizes the use of technology throughout classrooms. South Korea recognizes teachers and administrators asprofessionals who deserve high levels of respect. The high school drop-out rateis the lowest in the world with a 97% graduation rate. South Korea continues to stride to make its educational system the best in the world. Failure is not an option and should not be a component in any educational system.
  11. 11. ReferencesCenter On International Education Benchmarking. (2012) Retrieved from: education-benchmarking/top- performing-countries/south-korea-overview/south-korea-teacher-and-principal-qualityDiem, R., Levy, T. & Vansickle, R. (2012). South Korean education. Asia Today. Retrived from: korean-educationKim Eun-gyong The Korea Times. History of English Education in Korea April 2, 2010. Retrieved on May 19, 2012 from, D.J. (2008) USA could learn from South Korean Schools. USA Today. Retrieved from: C. W.(1994). Success and Education in South Korea, Comparative Education Review, Vol 38 no.1 ‘South Korea’s education success’( http//. news/education/4240668.stm) BBC News,13 September 2005 Accessed 3 July 2009Wikipedia. (2012). Education in South Korea. Retrieved from: