March 20, 2011
Rhetoric & Writing (F.D.)
Education: U.S. vs. North Korea
Two educational systems that deserve attention are those of the United States of America and North Korea. The United States has 50 states, each of which has its own Department of Education. North Korea on the other hand is mainly controlled by one government. Both of these systems are effective, but the one that produces the most intelligent students is North Korea. There are three ways to judge the differences between the U.S. and North Korean educational systems. There is funding for schools, educational structure, and governmental influence on education. Using these items of comparison will give a good idea of which country has a better educational system.
First of all there is the factor of funding and how much money is spent on schooling. The United States receives money from the government but the majority of that is from the taxpayers. Taxpayers are the parents, grandparents, and pretty much everyone else that has money. They all pay taxes on their income and a good amount of that goes towards the schools in the area that they are living. The amount varies from state to state depending on the laws and the way the budget is split up. In the 2004-2005 school years, total taxpayer investment in K-12 education in the United States was estimated to be $536 billion. In addition, taxpayers spent an estimated $373 billion for higher education in the same school year. As a whole the United States dedicates 3% of their GDP towards education. GDP is basically how much money the U.S. makes and what portions of that go into different programs. Overall, the U.S. is spending a lot of money on educating the future leaders of our world, but it doesn’t seem to be enough to measure up to the achievements of North Korea.
North Korea is different because they are not divided up into different states like the U.S.; rather they are unified as one government. From ages 5-15,...