Textbook on ethics used in Korea
August 4, 2013
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This is the textbook on ethics “도덕” employed in elementary schools in Korea today. The very existence of such a class as part of the daily program is remarkable. Whereas such teaching of ethics once seemed rather old-fashioned, it has a certain appeal today granted the decline of efforts to promote a discussion on ethics in the classroom in the United States.
The importance of expressing thanks.
I was also struck by the efforts to address multicultural issues and the children of “multicultural families” (as the phrase goes in Korean).
This page relates a diary entry by Jeonghyeon, an elementary school student whose mother is Vietnamese. Jeonghyeon says she has no memories of her Vietnamese grandmother and grandfather and seems not to actually live in that complex multicultural family. Nevertheless, it is a tremendous improvement to create this space in which multicultural kids can exist within the official textbooks.
An introduction to the diversity of the world.
The world seen by the third grader.