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Losing focus: Why so many Chinese children wear glasses

The Economist – Staff Writer

“The incidence of myopia is high across East Asia, afflicting 80-90% of urban 18-year-olds in Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan…The biggest factor in short-sightedness is a lack of time spent outdoors…if a child has enough time in the open, they can study all they like and their eyesight should not suffer…” (more)

The New SAT Doesn’t Come Close to the World’s Best Tests

Time – Amanda Ripley

“So how does the new SAT compare to the university entrance exam in a place like South Korea, a test-crazed culture if ever there was one? Or Finland — a country that boasts a high school graduation rate of 96 percent (compared to 77 percent in the United States) and, like Korea, scores at the top of the world on the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, test (administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)?”(more)

South Korea Tries to Cool Down Its Education Fever

Education News – Muhammad Nadeem

“In the first decades of the South Korean republic, the government tried to develop a strong commitment to education that could help forge the country’s economic and social future — but now they are trying to cool it down.”(more)

What can we learn from a middle school in South Korea? Focus on the whole child

Smart Blogs on Education – Katrina Stevens

“While spending time in South Korea, I had the good fortune to visit Sinsu Middle School…Recognizing the similarities, I was still struck by what we could learn from some of the differences between our two systems, especially the attention paid to the emotional and physical development of young people in South Korea. This echoes a renewed focus on the whole child in some parts of the U.S. education system.”(more)

Time to revamp education system

The Korean Herald – Oh Kyu-wook

“The government is making a number of changes to the current education system in order to harness each person’s individual creativity and ideas, said Vice Education Minister Na Seung-il.” (more)

China Beats U.S. for Korean Students Seeing Career Ticket

Bloomberg – Eunkyung Seo & Heesu Lee

“Lee is at the forefront of a trend in South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy, that is steering students toward China to boost their prospects in an increasingly competitive employment market…“It’s only the beginning in the shift in Koreans’ appetite for education toward China from the U.S.,” said Cho Jin Pyou…” (more)