Today in class we discussed the idea of what actually counts as facts. We looked into two different quotes from Jaime Story:
“The general public must let facts – not rhetoric – guide important decisions affecting education spending” and,
“Korea – a nation that only recently rose above third-world status – spends half what the US does per student, yet comes in 13 places ahead of the US on an international math assessment.”
I found both of these quotes to be very interesting when looking deeper into them. We discussed that Jaime Story wanted us to conclude that we can’t just throw money at something and expect it to be solved. Although I do think that this is a rational comment and conclusion I also think you need to look more into it. Yes, Korea has a higher rate for education; but I think it is important to look at how these students are treated in school. They may be 13 places ahead of the US, however, as Jae said in class, they have a very high suicide rate. These students are stressed from school and taking their lives because of it. This leads me to the question of would you rather have a healthy student with lower scores or a student who ranks high but is not happy? Personally, I believe that in the U.S. most people strive to be happy and healthy with their schoolwork and lives in general. This leads us to question how different are we culturally and economically? And to what extent can we compare the U.S. and Korea?