The guy who began using the Korean educational model at a Harlem school has made a visit to Korea with some of his students:
A group of teachers and students from U.S. charter schools that successfully adopted the Korean education met with the education minister here on Tuesday and shared their experiences.
Some 40 faculty members and students from Democracy Prep Public Charter Schools (DPPS) are in Seoul for a two-week trip through Wednesday to have chances to learn the Korean language and culture, just as they did at their schools.
Inspired by the Korean education system after having taught English in the Asian country for one year, Seth Andrew established the DPPS network in Harlem in 2006 and currently operates seven schools in New York.
The schools have been in the spotlight for their outstanding academic performance, with parents having enthusiastically enrolled their children in the charter schools, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg hailing their success, according to local media.
All students, mostly Latinos and African-Americans, are required to learn Korean language as a mandatory class, and they also do club activities related in Korean culture, such as Korean traditional dance and folk songs, or Taekwondo, through which they can learn “the core values of discipline, respect and enthusiasm,” according to a school official. [Yonhap]
I think it is important to point out what Sonagi mentioned when I first posted about this charter school in Harlem; the school has not changed students, it just changed out students. If what has been written about Democracy Prep Public Charter Schools is true than it is not really the Korean educational model that is making the difference but instead being able to recruit motivated students and not allowing underachievers to enroll.