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President Moon's new educational pledges - can they be the sun for Korea

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May 9, Tuesday, there was a big event in Korea – the presidential election. The people voted for whom they want – although GFLH students had studied all day in their study room – and in the end, Moon Jae-in was elected 19th president of Korea.
He offered new pledges. Also, there are some new educational pledges which I want to introduce to GFLH students.
 1, Abolish foreign language high school, national high school, self-regulating private schools
 President Moon offered to abolish foreign language high school, national high school and to make them normal high school. It is the reason that these schools lost original goal to make students immerse themselves in studying, and changed into centers for entrance examinations of universities. Those who agree with this promise propose these schools promote private education. To enter those kinds of school, students need good grade of middle school, self-introduce writing, and interview. Of course, it is difficult to prepare them without entrance examination expert’s help. So, in the capital region, there are so many private institutions to make students pass these kinds of schools. However, those who disagree with the abolishment of those schools propose that it will cause the regimentation of educational system. And they also propose some students who have dream related those schools will be deprived of the chance of learning a specific subject they are interested in.
2. Change the relative evaluation of entrance examinations of universities into absolute evaluation
 He offered absolute evaluation will be applied from 2021 entrance examinations. Absolute evaluation means students get 1 class or A if he gets over 90 point, 2 class or B if he gets over 80 point below 90 point, and so on. Absolute evaluation can releases excessive competition among students because more students can get higher class. However, it also makes it difficult to discern who is more intelligent students. Also because of the difficulty, university will extend other examination such as essay type test, or student document colligation.
 3. Extend the Free semester system
 Before writing about this pledge, what is free semester system? Free semester system is to let student receive career education through debate or practice, without mid-term and final exams. It is similar to ‘Transition year’ of Ireland, but there are differences. In Korea, free semester system is in regular curriculum that is operated during one of the 6 semesters in middle school. In Ireland, however, students go to school one more year additionally to receive career education. And there is professional career coordinator in Irish schools, but in Korean schools, normal teacher or career teacher participate in the operation. That means, students receive relatively less professional career education. Also, this system can make students consider their school as a playground because there is no test, and no friends who suggest studying together. In addition, there is a gap of career practice between city and countryside.
 Our country, Korea, changes educational policies so frequently and mimics other nation’s policies that seem nice. However, I think we need to find the proper way of education to Korean culture and customs. Education is the most important part to develop a nation because children, who will lead the future of a nation, grow receiving education. I hope the children can receive the most proper, and the most efficient education.