Monday, May 13, 2013

South Korea SAT's shutdown after suspected cheating

     SAT tests were recently shutdown in South Korea after a string of scandals broke out. According to the Wall Street Journal "...at least seven lawmakers have been accused of academic plagiarism...". Also in the article it is stated that an official copy of the SAT can be purchased for around 4500$ by students in South Korea. This provides an obvious example of how the current schooling system while sufficient, fails us in different ways.

     It's hard to propose a new construction for schooling, but it is evident under the current structure school is failing students. Being able to purchase an official SAT booklet for 4500$ is the equivalent of buying an SAT score. The pressure of success has brought people to the brink where they see 4500$ as an investment into their test scores. A solution may not be evident, but it is evident that a solution is needed.

     How can students be in a comfortable enough environment without feeling the pressure to cheat?

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