Author: Se Hoon Park

Dr. Se Hoon Park has taught at Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea, and is Associate Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, Sungkyunkwan University Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. He lives in Brookline, MA and serves as a visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Why the Korean School System Is Not Superior

In trying to assemble my thoughts on comparing Korean and American schools, I have to start with my personal experience. In fact, please keep the following in mind: I am not better than you in evaluating education systems; I am just a middle-aged man who lives next door and has 9- and 11-year-old kids. This article does not aim to define the Korean school system or rigidly evaluate its pros and cons. My own analysis of some of the ideology behind the Korean school system is entirely based on experience, rather than any formal knowledge.