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Source World top 20, Jan 16, 2018
Original article worldtop20.org/the-incredible-south-korean-education-system

The Incredible South Korean Education System

South Korea’s commitment to invest in education pays off

South Korea performance in education in the last four years has been masterful in execution. Their results in
standardized testing and their student’s ability to advance towards college graduation is the model over 200 nations,
are chasing to be the best in education.

In NJ MED’s 2017, World Top 20 Education Poll that ranks the world’s best education systems, South Korea’s
captured, the number one spot for the fourth consecutive year. Even, with Japan closing the gap by seven points,
it looks like South Korea will still be number one in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

The only hope other nations can catch-up or even keep up, is by improving their early childhood education system.
With enrollments, teaching quality, and parent involvement. With that, said, what if South Korea, also improves their
early-childhood education system?

South Korea May Be the Best, But

Heavy is the crown who wears it.

With all the success South Korean students have achieved, some of the country’s children suffer from high rates of
depression and mental fatigue. That lead to emotional breakdowns that lead to irrational thoughts that leads to

Most of the critics of the South Korean teaching method and objectives say they are pushing children and their
parents too hard to passing standardized test, rather than teaching students to develop normally as adolescents.

This is something the South Korean government must take very seriously. However, they feel a discipline focus is part of their cultural pride, and something that has strengthened the nation, not weakened it.

We hope, they can come to a common ground to help to ensure every child develops in a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment.

2017 World Top 20 Education Poll Final Rankings

In 2017, four new countries joined the World Top 20 Education Final Rankings – Estonia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and
Italy. Replacing 2016 ranked countries – Germany, Sweden, France, and Hungary.

Hong Kong and Israel moved into the Top 10, and China went from ninth in 2016 to fifth in 2017. The United States fell from number seven in 2016 to sixteen, with Russia remaining as the only non-Asian country in the Top 5.

Here is the breakdown of the 2017 Top 20 World Ranked Education Systems:

Number 1: South Korea is declared the best-educated country in 2017. Making it four years in a row. South Korea’s
education system also ranked top fifth teen in all five-education levels of the World Top 20 Education Poll. With all
the success, South Korea’s education system achieves, it still does not get the recognition it deserves. The fact, NJ
MED projected South Korea would not finish number one in 2017, shows South Korea’s domination in education is

Expect A Big Shake-Up in 2018

In 2018, NJ MED will publish its first draft World Education Data Base of 265 nations. So, the nations who rank well
in one of the five educational levels will push some of this year’s top 20 countries out.

The 2018 World Education Data Base will also allow everyone to see, where each country ranks in- Africa, Asia, the
Oceania, Europe, North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean’s.

But for now, congratulations to South Korea, the best of the best.

By Human Rights Advocate - January 16, 2018

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