Too Much Education!

Results of a survey released last week by the Institute for Social Development Studies at Seoul’s Yonsei University show that Korean teenagers are by far the unhappiest in the OECD. This is the result of society’s relentless focus on education—or rather, exam results. The average child attends not only regular school, but also a series of hagwons, private after-school “academies” that cram English, maths, and proficiency in the “respectable” musical instruments, ie piano and violin, into tired children’s heads. Almost 9% of children are forcedto attend such places even later than 11pm, despite tuitions between 10pm and 5am being illegal.

"Too Much Education!"

Psychologists blame this culture for all manner of ills, from poor social skills to the nation’s unacceptably high rate of youth suicide, which is now the leading cause of death among those aged 15-24. Recently, a spate of suicides at KAIST, a technology-focused university, has drawn national attention. For most students the pinnacle of stress is reached somewhat earlier, in the third year of high school. This is the year in which the suneung (university entrance exam) is taken. Tragic reactions to the stress it creates are all too common.

The problem with too much schooling is that 90% of the stuff kids are taught in schools is useless. The big problem is that these 90% are different for each and every kid. School fails if through more than a decade, that kids spend at schools, they don’t find out what 10% they need to focus on. What’s more important, we don’t  know whether these 10% comes from formal education, or from something outside. Yes, there are some critical things that have to be taught in schools, like reading, writing, and math that’s the important part – yet, there are many people who are doing great without any number crunching. This being said, we need to think about the fundamentals of child development. Too often we the parents are only thinking about College, Great Education, Future and what jobs will our Children will have.

“Forget that for the moment, if we push the children too hard, they will grow up without ever having a childhood, playing with friends, getting to know the world, and finding out about whats’ around them. We keep the pressure on, thinking we are doing the best thing for our children, when probably, we are the single biggest reason for them to fail. They fail, out of rebellion, for being alone, because we were too interested in our own futures, jobs and friends,  and just did not take the time for our own children.”  Hotdogfish!

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IMF DG- caught running Away!

IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn (...

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The big guys trying to get away from a SEX-Crime, and thinking about running for President in France next year. We all know the French are great lovers, “so they say,” even if they must abuse the one they are trying to love. But this lady was not trying to get in his pants, He just thought he could take it!

The director general of international monetary fund [IMF] was pulled from an airplane moments before he was to fly to Paris and was being questioned by police in connection with a sexual assault of a maid at a hotel, police said.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was taken off the Air France flight at John F Kennedy  International Airport by officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was turned over to police on Saturday afternoon, Paul J Browne, New  York Police Department [NYPD] spokesman, said.

He was being questioned by the NYPD special victims office. Strauss-Kahn had  retained an attorney and was not making statements to the police, Browne said.  No charges have yet been filed.

The 32-year-old woman told authorities that she entered Strauss-Kahn’s room  at the Sofitel near Manhattan’s Times Square at about 1pm local time (1600 GMT) on Saturday and he emerged from the bedroom naked, threw her down and tried to  sexually assault her, Browne said. She told authorities that he tried to force her to perform oral sex on him. She somehow broke free and escaped the room and told hotel staff what had happened, authorities said. They called police.

When New York City police detectives arrived moments later, Strauss-Kahn had already left the hotel, leaving behind his mobile phone and other personal items.”It looked like he got out of there in a hurry,” and the NYPD discovered, he was at the airport and contacted the Port Authority, who plucked Kahn from the Air France flight that had not yet departed. It wasn’t immediately clear if the 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn had been planning to leave on Saturday afternoon, police said.

The maid was taken by police to an area hospital. John Sheehan, a spokesman for the hotel, said its staff was cooperating with the authorities in the investigation.

A spokesman for the IMF in Washington, said the IMF had no immediate comment on the reports of Strauss-Kahn’s arrest. Strauss-Kahn’s offices in Paris couldn’t be reached when the news broke overnight in France, nor could French Socialist Party officials.