publication: 2014. 11. 27.
News about the level of the Korean student’s' satisfaction of life was recently released. The survey said Korean student’s' life satisfaction ranked the lowest among OECD countries. The major reason making this result is mostly derived from stress related to academic attainments. Most students are suffering largely due to daunting homework, exam, and competition for high scores in general. Here is another survey about the satisfaction level of Korean students depending on the form of school. It is said that most students going to an innovation school (IS) feel more content with their life compared to those going to a general school (GS). When students of the IS are asked about school life, they tend to draw a rosy picture about it. They feel pleased with relationships between teacher and peers. Other parts, like activities in class and out of the class, were the same. Then, what makes this huge difference although they are same Korean students going to public schools? The secret lies in the innovation school.
What is the Innovation school?
Innovation school as a public school was emergeding for in order to improveing the current Korea’s education system in Korea. Especially, it put an emphasis on the autonomy and democracy of school and school culture of thevia communication and cooperation. Many hours of the learning account for discussion activitiesy, experience activities about culture, art, athletics and the like. You may confuse innovation schools with alternative schools. They seem almost similar, but the discriminating feature is that an innovation school is public education backed by government like a general school. Theseis innovation schools are winning a nation-wide popularity, however, it seems that there are some problems when running a school.
What can be the problem of Innovation school?
We all can hear that innovation school is now nationally springing up. But if lookeding at closely, most account for primary schools. Many students of middle and high school and their parents are reluctant to apply forto innovation schools. Even some move to other regions in order to for avoiding going to theseis schools. Why are these things happening? Let’s throw two major questions up.
First, doses this system really makes students underachieved?
Some experts estimate the education levels in innovation schools seems lower. downward. To make this clear, we need to consider the character of innovation schools (IS) and general schools (GS). At first, the pursuit in an innovation school, which is putting students at first, is different from one in a general school. Next, IS tends to be established in poor conditions socially, economically compared to general schools. Without considering those features, ifand comparing IS with GS only in terms of academic records, it can lead to a false conclusion. In the long term, the result comes out reversedly. Take, for example, the one innovation middle school named Hyeuok -sin. After becoming an innovation school, it madkes a huge outcome. At first, 17% of students could notcannot meet basic academic standards. With the time, the number decreased to 8%, then 4%, and eventually none waswere underachieving students. And, Iin the total evaluation, it made a high score. It is a natural outcome considering most students have high motivation to learn and self satisfaction with their curriculum. Here is another high school named Meaehwa. In the past, Meaehwa was branded as a troublemaker's school. But after becoming an innovation school, it made people stunned. Students in MH winwon athe medal in a science competition in which science high school students mostly participated.
Second, does this system really end in failure because not many students are going to Seoul University?
One survey shows that students in IS are going less to Seoul National University compared to other forms of schooling. And, it claims that the IS system is a failure. Do we only call people entering SNU successful? The underlying problem lies in the university hierarchy. We must not judge the person based on their level of school. Beyond the name value of a Uuniv., onea person’s aptitude is all the more important. What Ithey really want to be, what Ithey like to learn should be key. In that survey, a student’s aptitudes are not considered at all. Besides, when applying for university, students can utilize their distinctive experiences. In the upcoming future, the people only getting high scores ion thea test is not any more sought-after. Instead, Ppeople will be expected to use tools like information and knowledge interactively, interact in heterogeneous groups and act autonomously. Therefore, Iinnovation curriculums like debate class, leadership program, creative activity, mentoring and volunteer work make students stand on a vantage ground. Applying for admission into the officer system, one Iinnovation school in Seoul had good results by utilizing those programs above. Moreover, in the case of going to university abroad, scholastic records isare getting less important. All things considered, an innovation school is the era’s changes in demand.
Jang Yu Jin (the Samgaksan High School graduate) said that the process oriented curriculum, not score oriented education, helps her a lot in her university life. Throughout numerous- students-leading- activities she has learned what the autonomy, responsibility, and student’s right were forgotten are.
Innovation Schools makes students live their life as owners. Students are not the slaves for getting high scores. They come to know the pleasure of learning which means they drawbecome better individuals. to well being. In an innovation school, we can hear students crying for joy and see the zeal for making their life abundant. For a sustainable innovation school, rather than giving a poor evaluation, why don’t we wait for the moment their effort is finally fruitful?
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