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Welcome to Expacked (Issue #62)

March 4, 2010

Welcome back to school!  After a couple of months of vacation, winter camps and ‘babysitting’, it seems a bit strange now that we have started back at work teaching in the new school year.  Whether its being back into a regular schedule,  seeing your students again, or even just knowing that winter has come and gone, it’s a good feeling to be back.Busans Bridge and Sun

As well as the regular flood of stories this week, I came across an article in the Korean Times titled ‘Trust is new key word for university education’.

Here is a couple of key quotes I got from this article:

  • Korea stands at a crossroads ― being stuck in the status quo or staging another takeoff. Thus the need for a new education model in colleges and universities is greater than ever.
  • “I believe one of the key pillars to this new Korea is trust ― between its members and when dealing with other countries,” said Park, who has been elected for a second four-year term at the school.
  • “For that purpose, changes should start at colleges and universities, teaching young people about trust and honesty. This will trickle down through generations and genders to spread through every nook and cranny of society,” he said.

It’s interesting to note that they are wanting to teach young people ‘trust and honesty’.  Do you believe that a lack of ‘trust and honesty’ is holding Korea back in the international economy?   And, if this is the case, shouldn’t they also be looking to teach this to elementary students as well?

There is no easy answer to this issue, as its not the sort of thing that can change overnight.  Trust and honesty are both values that are taught and absorbed at an early age and, how people view them will always vary from place to place (or county to country).   Now that senior members of the Korean community are starting to raise this as a issue, it will be interesting to see how far this goes.

I guess I have to ask; is this an issue at all and, if so, how can it be ‘fixed’ through education?

Here are the stories making the news this week:

Feel free to comment on any of the stories and make use of the easy sharing options available – in just a few quick clicks you can share any of these stories to all your teaching mates in Korea.

I hope you enjoy the read and, of course, have a good laugh at this week’s jokes.



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