Modern Issues in Education
Education systems help form a person’s identity and cultural background. In Taiwan, many criticize the education system for over emphasizing exam scores, academic subjects, and rote memorization. Students were forced to struggle between their academics performance and develop their interests outside of classroom. But performance in academics and the standardized college entrance exam determined eligibility in a limited number of potential college admittances. It seemed right to push students to achieve in academics, but the problem was that we only focused on the pursuit of scores. Consequently, many students realized their true interests and potentials when they got into colleges, which is already a little late. Another common issue in Taiwanese education is about rural areas. Despite the fact that we put more material resources in there, they are still in a lack. They lack of enthusiastic teachers and inspiring environment.
In this roundtable, we will compare and understand the differences between Taiwanese and American higher education systems, and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of each system. We will also identify specific and pressing issues commonly found in both countries. Finally, we will find innovative and realistic solutions to our selected problems.
Check out what our 2015 roundtable built during the conference.
Roundtable Leaders: Felix Yu and Alison Chan