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I've always been fascinated with the lives of people from around the globe. After seeing Time magazine's Hungry Planet, I thought it might be fun to do something similar. Today I will show you how education looks around the world.
Population: 5 million
GDP per capita: $46, 178
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Population: 50 million
GDP per capita: $22,590
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Take Hye-Min Park as an example. She goes to school from 8am-4pm, heads home for a quick snack, and then attends a "hagwon" school from 6-9pm, followed by two hours of self-study. Although she says that she is very stressed, she believes this is the only option for her in order to achieve her goal of becoming a teacher. Her mother, while upset her daughter has to go through this, says that she supports her daughter's decision. After all, it's the only way to the top... for now.
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GDP per capita: 85,033
Shanghai and Korea both follow the "zombie" model for education: work hard, sleep little. In Shanghai, children attend public school for nine hours. Most everything they learn is factual and the education system allows little room for creativity. However, Shanghai was the top scorer on the international standardized test; meanwhile, the US lagged behind.
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Note: I found most of my information in the links above, however, not all my sources are linked.