Korea and Finland have more efficient education systems in comparison with that of the United States. Both countries practice the concept of education fever, which prompts students to work harder in the classroom. For example, it is only the best students who secure good jobs in South Korea due to competition in the job market, unlike in the U.S. where the rate of unemployment is slightly low (“Education in S. Korea”). The student to teacher ratio is lower in the two countries in comparison with the United States. For instance, some classes have three teachers in Finland to enhance increased attention to individual students (“Education in Finland”). The rate of school dropouts in both countries is also lower than in the United States due to more parents’ involvement. Also, teachers are more qualified in the two countries in comparison with the United States due to low entry points compared to other professions.
Applicability in the U.S.
The U.S. government can increase the student-to-teacher ratio to improve their performance in the classroom. Raising the entry requirements for teachers can ensure that they are equally qualified as other professionals since their entry points are currently low. Parents’ involvement in their children’s education plays a significant role in reducing the rate of school dropouts (Husain and Syed 52). Also, the government can implement a robust education curriculum suited to different students’ needs hence motivating them to proactively engage in classroom activities.
Benefits to the U.S.
Adapting some practices from Korea and Finland’s education systems can improve the efficiency of the education system in the U.S. For example, the increased involvement of parents and building a culture of education can reduce the rate of school dropout. Teachers’ performance in the classroom will improve if the government requires them to have post-graduate qualifications in their areas of specialization (Johan and Johan 51). Finally, encouraging private coaching and competition among students can improve academic achievements of U.S. students in the long run.
“Education in Finland.” YouTube, uploaded by NBC News, 30 September 2010, www.youtube.com/watch?v=0__9s3A2pcA&app=desktop.
“Education in S. Korea.” YouTube, uploaded by PBS News, 22 January 2011, https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=WpS2JJYfbZ8&app=desktop.
Akareem, Husain Salilul, and Syed Shahadat Hossain. “Determinants of education quality: what makes students’ perception different?.” Open Review of Educational Research 3.1 (2016): 52-67.
Johan, Rita, and Johan Harlan. “Education nowadays.” International Journal of Educational Science and Research (IJESR) 4.5 (2014): 51-56.