olsSchools: 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.