Governor Markell is fond of comparing all of Delaware’s failing schools to South Korea. Our students will have to compete against students like these… he says…

If so we will win.

Today the New York Times published an article describing South Korean education. In the expose, it because apparent that being like South Korea is the last thing we want for our kids. Opting out is the only way now that parents have to keep their children safe from the new abusive system being implemented under Common Core.

“The world may look to South Korea as a model for education — its students rank among the best on international education tests — but the system’s dark side casts a long shadow. Dominated by Tiger Moms, cram schools and highly authoritarian teachers, South Korean education produces ranks of overachieving students who pay a stiff price in health and happiness. The entire program amounts to child abuse.”

No one is happy.

The toll of suicide deaths in South Korea has more than doubled in the last decade. The suicide rate in South Korea rose from 6.8 per 100,000 people in 1982 to 28.4 in 2011… (Currently Delaware youth are at 4.3).In cases of youth suicide, the most common cause is pressure related to the College Scholastic Ability Test.

Park Jae-Won, the head of Seoul’s Visang Education Research Center, remarked, “Many parents push children to study at an increasingly earlier age regardless of their brain development … even causing depression or attention deficit disorders as a result” (AFP, 2011). Competition that used to begin in high school now begins in elementary school.

In America, Common Core is poised to take over the role of the South Korean dragon parent and become the force that pushes children to study too hard at increasingly early age….

So at what price must we continue, despite all evidence showing Common Core to be a debacle of immense proportions?How many Delawarean children will take away their own lives, as we try harder and harder to mimic South Korea?

It’s the wrong approach. We can stop it by opting out. Is it worth the chance you go in one morning to wake your son or daughter and …. can’t?

No matter how hard-working and intellectually capable students can be, and how many hours every student in the student population of the country can put in, there will always be a statistic of 90% of students who are not in the top 10%. Thus the institutionalized means of working hard to achieve the culturally desired goal of being a top-scoring South Korean student is in conflict for an upwards 90% of South Korean students. As a consequence, strain is generated, necessitating coping strategies that the 90% must use to deal with the pressures that are brought to bear on them ..

Opting out is the answer. But more people, if not all people need to stand up and do it.. No test is worth the unnecessary death of one’s child…. If Markell wants us to be like South Korea, we had better prepare the morgues….