Many students who want to do well on the all-important state-administered test that students take at age 18 must attend after-school tutoring late into the night. Special police patrols go out at night to shut them down at 10 p.m. But, many remain open until 2 a.m. Despite ample evidence that Korea’s public education system is not adequate, some American politicians continue to suggest we should copy South Korea. US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has twice chastised American parents for not being more like parents of Korean students.
American parents need to be aware that the system some want us to emulate is actually very complex and contains some very bad ideas. We do not have to look across the globe to find the best educators for our children. Most of what is wrong with American education could be remedied by giving parents more control over what is taught and what is not taught to their children. We should not turn over our children’s futures to a government bureaucracy.
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