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Schools: Comparison Between Canada and Taiwan Schools

Oct 08, 1999 667 Words
Schools: Comparison Between Canada and Taiwan Schools

School is the best place for people to be educated. Everyone has to go through this stage in order to be knowledgeable, so they can be useful in society and solve any problems they encounter. Not only they are educated for themselves but also for their countries. Different countries have different systems on how to teach students. Canada's educational system is a perfect and ideal way to ensure that students will live successful lives.

Canadian high school students study both compulsory and elective courses together. They pursue academic studies based on the achievement of credits. In the meantime, they take prerequisite courses that are related to their university studies. Hence, they know the basic fundamentals before getting in the universities. After completion of required number of credits, the universities take their averages and determine if they are qualified for the studies in universities that they choose. Even the students' averages are low, they can still go to universities that don't require high averages. Therefore, many students can easily study in this highest level of education. However, all courses are mandatory in Taiwan. High school students study the same courses together no matter what they plan to take in the universities, and thus it is hard for them to know what they are interested in. After graduation from high school, students have to write a major exam on all kinds of courses to achieve a score, which determines if they are satisfied for their chosen studies in the universities. Each year, there is a lot of failure students from getting in the universities and they just quit and go for the jobs.

Human rights are very emphasized in Canada. Canada never has any corporal punishment in any levels of education. At school, teachers do not use any violence to punish students. They only warn impolite students verbally. Because in Canada, teachers have no rights to punish their students physically, and there not have been complaints about students get hurt in the school. But in Taiwan, corporal punishment at school is so common that almost no students have ever been exempted. From grade one through senior high school, the corporal punishment exists, and teachers are allowed to carry out the process of it. Students get punished if they do not achieve as what the teachers say to be "standard mark" on the assignments, tests or exams. There are reports about teachers that go beyond the proper limit by hurting the students badly, or sexually harassing them. Teachers are charged and go to courts. This is ironic that teachers are thought to be the most admired people in this country.

Students in Canada study in a way of comfort. They do not have much pressure from anyone. Parents do not force their children to do over the limitation on the children's academic studies. In addition, school assignments are not much everyday, but they are very important and useful to finish. Upon completion of homework, students have leisure time; they like to have fun by watching movies or going out for outdoor activities on weekends to relax themselves. However, school is a very competitive place in Taiwan. It can be described as a match between students. After school, most students take private tutoring to supplement regular schooling in order to get into higher level of education, for example, universities. Moreover, after they come back it is already late in the night. Then, studying until two or three o'clock, is something quite usual, and they only have a couple of hours to sleep because school starts early the next day. There has been news about students that could not stand such heavy works, and so they chose to quit it by committing suicide.

In conclusion, Canada and Taiwan have a lot of unlikeness on their academic studies. Those three differences mentioned above are which can be pointed out. But most importantly, Canada is a wonderful and relaxed place to study.

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