Asia Education

South Korea fails to act on school safety

By Wed, Nov 03, 2010 10:48AM UTC

Original article in Korean is here. Since the incident last month in which a first-grade student in Busan died after being struck by a car driven on the school’s sports ground by the school’s principal (reported on page 6 of the October 13 issue), the likelihood of car accidents on

Lowering the bar to success

By Wed, Nov 03, 2010 3:31AM UTC

In a world where, increasingly, every child gets a prize, over at the Boy on a Bike blog, a commenter reveals how Year 12 students in Victoria can receive a pass mark for demonstrating precious little aptitude: “…it appears that a student needs to get approximately 16 marks out of the

Parents, teachers disagree on corporal punishment ban

By Tue, Nov 02, 2010 5:50AM UTC

Original article in Korean is here. Hat tip to The Korean. # A teacher in a middle school in Seoul took notice of a female student’s thick make-up and excessively dyed hair. The student replied, “I’m finding my own individuality, teachers shouldn’t interfere…” # On the same day a teacher

Boat people issue dominates Australian coverage of PM’s Asian visits

By Mon, Nov 01, 2010 9:02PM UTC

Despite all the significant economic, human rights, environmental, social and security issues which are important in our future relations with our neighbouring countries, the issue of a few thousand asylum seekers coming to Australia by boat each year is the one which is dominating most Australia media coverage of the

Seoul bans corporal punishment at schools

By Mon, Nov 01, 2010 2:12PM UTC

Education authorities in the South Korean capital on Monday banned corporal punishment at all schools in the city. Teachers in Seoul are now prohibited from all forms of corporal punishment, including ordering students to do push-ups, run, hold their arms straight above their heads and walk in a squatting position

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