Thursday, March 11, 2010

creativity in Korea

As I live in Korea, this should probably be a regular feature. We'll see.

Recently I read "Cracking Creativity", a guide on how to be more creative. One of the techniques described is called forcing connections. you deliberately take a few concepts or ideas or words that have no obvious connection and work to create connections. Dokdo Is Ours has publicly begun such a process and has asked for assistance.
Making teacher training selective and paying teachers high starting salaries attracts the strongest candidates to the teaching profession, which is important because teacher quality significantly impacts student outcomes.

South Korea is able to pay teachers high starting salaries because it employs relatively fewer teachers than other nations. As a result, the student-teacher ratio in South Korea is 30:1, compared to the OECD average of 17:1.
South Korea’s high level of respect for teachers is an exemplar for other nations that want to improve student outcomes.
I've included him in this post because he is the author of several books on teaching creativity, but I am less than impressed myself in his shallow understanding of Korean Education. Part of the impetus for this blog was noting how education in Korea stifles creativity and mostly teaches test-taking ability. I am unaware of Korean public-school teachers being paid all that well, but cramming school, or after-school, teachers can make enormous sums.
Oh, the dangers of delaying posts. Earlier in the week, the headlines for one Korean newspaper were filled with the word, "creative", but now I cannot find that issue.

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