Box Elder Academic Pressure in South Korea Equality in Finland Essay

Essay: Academic Pressure in South Korea, Equality in Finland


The Assignment:

For your essay: Please compare and contrast the situations faced by students in South Korea with those faced by students in Finland and, if you wish, with those faced by students in the United States. Please state and justify your conclusions. Which system or which parts of a given system do you appreciate and why?


The Readings:

Here are readings for this topic: Some of these links are ones you have to put into an MS Word file and click on to make them work. Others work by typing into your browser (I use Chrome) the exact words I give you. I am continually working to be sure all links of all kinds work, and the newest way, just typing in an exact set of words, seems to be the best for now.

1. Warner, Margaret (21 January 2011) In Hypercompetitive South Korea, Pressures Mount on Young Pupils. PBS Newshour.

I opened the above one from an MS Word file. If you cannot open this or any other link, please contact me ASAP


  1. Hu, Elise (15 April 2015) The All-Work, No-Play Culture of South Korean Education. National Public Radio

I also opened this one from an MS Word file. Or, you can type these exact words into your browser:

npr parallels the all work no play culture of south korean education


3. Se-Woong Koo (2 August 2014) An Assault upon our Children: South Korea’s Education System Hurts Students. New York Times: Sunday Review: Opinion

I typed these exact words into Google: Se-Woong Koo An assault upon our Children


4. Barr, Bernadine (2012). Very brief excerpt on testing in American schools. From Bond, H., Barr, B., Fotiyeva, I., Wu, F. Through Children’s Eyes: President Obama and the Future Generation. (ATTACHED).


5. Here is another reading:

Finland is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.

Please type in these exact words:

the atlantic what americans keep ignoring about finland’s school success


6. An interview with Finland’s minister of education, Krista Kiuru

the atlantic finnish education chief we created a school system based on equality


7. Kindergarten in Finland: Please type in these exact words into Google:

the atlantic the joyful illiterate kindergartners of finland


Guiding thoughts to help you with your essay:


  1. Please briefly describe and compare the educational programs in South Korea and Finland, and, if you wish, the United States.
  2. What is your personal thought on these differences and what you might prefer if you had a magic wand and could change education for your own children (if you live here and if you have children!) in the United States?
  3. Knowing what you now know about infant brain development, do you think differently about early schooling for children? Please explain, especially with reference to American public schools that introduce academics in kindergarten.
  4. Please be sure you raise the overall motivating issues that have made education in South Korea and in Finland what they are today.
  5. Are any of these ideas relevant to the United States? Why? I would appreciate hearing your personal opinions on this material and your justification for the choices you would make with your magic wand.


****Double-spaced your sentences (I will be checking) and please use APA Style writing style and no plagiarizing.****

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