Cram school is definitely mandatory to many Asian students and parents for their prospective universities or high school choices in some countries especially China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand where the parents are totally restrict to their children’ grade point average (GPA.) in classes for them getting into a top educational place to study in future.
Do you wonder how the cram school is really like?
Signifying the meaning of “Cram School”:
Referring to a definition of “Cram” from Merriam Webster dictionary, it means to fill (something) so that there is no room for anything else : to fill (something) completely.
So, the Cramming School literally means that it’s an educational institute where you will learn filling in theory studies into your head without any room for anything else.
For an example: If a student got a weak grade score in Science, the rigor parent would aggressively send the student to a cram school where there will be a tutor who teaching Science for the student to do better in a next entrance examination.
Sounds not bad thus far, right?
But in a meantime, Cram schooling is a ridiculous phenomenon that many of you would think of actually. China has an enormous numbers of study hours per day for an average Chinese student, Can you guess how much time the student uses in the class per one day?
Nextshark.com ( An Online Magazine Focused On The Asian Youth Market.) has an article heading “Kids in China Spend 77 Hours a Week Studying.”
In the report, Chinese school day starts from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm that’s 50 hours per day in the school already plus a homework time and a cram school session hours where it may take place either in their school or a private tutoring institution!
Here’s more, according to the answer from Quora.com on this question: How many hours do Chinese students study everyday? I found out an interesting answer from Shin Lan who was studying in China for a middle school.
Shin Lan (Former Chinese student) gave her response:
I will just give you my schedule of the last year in middle high school as an example. Because these are the most important period of study career in China. And forgive me, I may forget some of its precise time.
In the morning, we should reach school at 7:10 (my teacher is stricter so we need to get school 10 minutes earlier) and start to read the articles which are required to repeat because it will appear in the College Entrance Examination with 5 sentences.We do this on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And in other two days, we will practice English listening. And in 7:55 this part is at an end. We have 5 minutes to relax. And then class begins.
8:00-12:00 is the class time. After 45 minutes, you will have 10 mins to take a break. And when the second class ends, there are extra 10 minutes to do exercises. But sometime we use it to run around the school.
14:00-17:30 is the second half. Study, study and study.
What’s more, there is an overtime. You need to study at school from 18:45 and 22:10. So it will be more convenient to be accommodated at school or live near school. Therefore，the house price near high is quite expensive. Maybe this is the best example for that time is money.
Not get the end, sometimes on Saturday we need take model exam. Besides, on Sunday night，we should be at school.
It may seem very hard for you understand why we study like a machine. Because CEE is the best and quite equal way for poor students to compete with rich ones. But not everyone has the patience to walk across it.
Here’s a video showing a terror of Chinese education system:
Do you see how horrible is it yet?
The normal school day hours in many Asian schools have been enough terrifying many students stress in their youth ages already where they spent their hours in school for more than 8 hours already, and within more horrifying time in Cram school where their parents expected them to get a perfect score in their school for a prodigious institute.
Even though, cram school might help improving a better GPA for a student and maybe make them to get into a good high school or a well-known University by a nice score of entrance examination, I do really oppose an idea of cram school because:
Not only Cram School creates a stress problem, which may effect their overworking nerves gaining a knowledge, but also this type of school doesn’t motivate the students to learn from outside of the box.
Yes, Cram school actually does make children becoming narrow minded and give so little opportunity to grow a child’s imagination… Plus, it won’t go beyond of what to make children discovering their power of creativity because all they live in is just a room where they learn within only limit of what they are taught in the class.
I do have some friends in Thailand and most of their parents are very serious about their school grades in their classes, which lead them being occupied period having a few leisure time to enjoy for themselves. And guess what their later affect is, most of my Thai friends still don’t know certainly what they desire to do for a living and they do end up working in the office without any ambition…
My youth period experience:
Luckily, my parents aren’t so strict about my school grades and plus, they are permissive parents because there are so few house rules at home. Prior to my school years in America, I do understand English well, not because of cram school. Really, I have never been in any private tutoring institute for my English skills. Instead, I was speaking with my American teachers and British teachers in the Bilingual school everyday with my own will as well as read many articles from Wikipedia by myself. To be honest, I learned more of World history from Wikipedia more than a history class that taught by Thai teacher in Middle school years.
A year before I went to American High school, I took an examination for an exchange high school year and guess, what I did qualify and get a quota for studying aboard. Finally ended up receive my American high school diploma in Michigan where I was very proud on one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life.
You know, I have learned a wonderful experience from America where I get to understand and appreciate a diversity and a value of liberty there as well as I gained more determination pursuing my dream within a great support from my families.
Plus, many more lifetime treasures that I couldn’t get in somewhere else.
So, in conclusion…
Just get out so-called cram school and discovering your new idea outside of the cram school, where there are much more things to learn rather than just staying in a cramming classroom. Well, its activity doesn’t have to be studying aboard; you can find a learning workshop, a community activity, or volunteer for an alternative as well for learning outside of the box.
The true meaning of education isn’t getting a high score and a degree for your graduation, but it is all about how you use your knowledge solving your problems and creating a new idea in our lives!
If you do have an opportunity to discover yourself outside of your life cycle then, What are you waiting for? It’s never too late to learn something new in your life!
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