UGA professor Peter Smagorinsky sent me this note about an article from Time magazine that I thought was worth sharing:
Though South Korean children score among the highest in the world on standardized reading and math tests, their success comes at a price, according to an October Time magazine dispatch. They supposedly suffer “educational masochism”– punishing themselves by overstudy, especially in high school preparing for university admissions tests (a process so competitive that even test-coaching schools are picky about accepting students).
Earlier this year, to curb the “masochism,” the government began enforcing a 10 p.m.curfew on coaching-school activities, and in Seoul, a six-man team conducts nightly after-hours raids on classes that run late-night sessions behind shuttered windows. (Ironically, Time acknowledged, American educational reformers want U.S. students to study harder, like Asians do, but Asian reformers want their students to relax, like American students.)
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog