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     Issue No. 2(38)                                                                                             November  8, 2013
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In South Korea, education is viewed as crucial to success and it is no wonder how South Korea, along with Finland ranks highest among the 40 developed countries. Although the two countries boast Excellency in education, there is a world of difference in their educational methods and philosophies. The Finnish emphasize respect for each child's individuality and the change for each child to develop as a unique person. Once their nine-years of basic education is concluded in comprehensive school, students, at the age of 16, may choose to continue their secondary education in either an academic track or a vocational track. Afterwards, post-secondary is divided into university and university of applied sciences. Adult (lifelong/continuing) education is optional for everyone. What about South Korean education? Significant difference is not educational system but the way people are taking education; education in South Korea is viewed as being crucial for success. Maybe for its dense population, everyone is pooled in the same environment and let them fight each other to be a winner. Therefore, from cradle to grave Koreans hardly can escape from a struggle for survive. Although crucial for success, who do you think will benefit from such competitive education? The State secures good human resources, and the educational institution, which includes private hakwons and teachers, takes another large portion of the pie. While the Finnish education system has been developed based on individualism, what can we describe the Korean system as? A system based on a collective culture with a purely profit oriented goal... Capitalistic-Collectivism? Perhaps this is why Finland is 6th and South Korea is 102nd in the international ranking of satisfaction with life index.

Todd Park, one of the most accomplished health IT entrepreneurs in the country, is just the kind of techie Obama needs to save the botched website - so much so that many wonder why Park wasn't tasked to oversee the project in the first place. (Politico)
In a piece written for Germany's Der Spiegel magazine, the former NSA contractor - who earlier this year leaked documents about the NSA's secret surveillance program and currently resides in Russia - said 'the debate they wanted to avoid is now taking place in countries around the world ... and is causing society to push for political reforms, oversight and new laws.' (NY Daily)
Joy Johnson, of San Jose, Calif., stumbled and struck her head around the 20th mile of the 26.2 mile race, according to her 83-year-old sister, Faith Anderson, who accompanied Johnson to the Big Apple. Medics wanted to take Johnson to the hospital, but she insisting on finishing the marathon. (Fox)
Super typhoon Haiyan, likely the strongest storm to form on the planet this year, is heading toward a Friday morning landfall in the Philippines, posing an extremely serious threat to the central part of the archipelago.(Time)
Some experts fear the term ADHD may "medicalise" problems related to a child's personality or maturity level, the effects of poor parenting or other home problems. In Australia, prescriptions for the stimulant Ritalin and other ADHD drugs rose by 72 percent between 2000 and 2011, while in Britain and the Netherlands prescriptions roughly doubled between 2003 and 2008, said the paper. (France24)
Facing a double mastectomy with grace takes courage. Facing one with courage and joy is extraordinary. But that's exactly what Deborah Cohan did yesterday right before she went into surgery to have her breasts removed. (HP)
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