Sunday, May 16, 2010

'Revolutionary' Education: Sa-Rah in Her Online School

I've mentioned that my daughter, Sa-Rah, is enrolled in an online American school and has been for about nine months since we took her out of the Korean education system because of our dissatisfaction with the educational methods of Korean schools.

She's currently in the seventh grade, and taking the typical courses for that year of schooling, including a social studies course in which she has recently learned about the French Revolution. As a project in this course, students were told to make a CD cover for an imaginary recording of songs on that revolution. She seems to have enjoyed making the colorful drawings for this social studies project, and since she sent me photos with descriptions of the front and back covers, I thought that I'd post them here:
CD Front Cover:
The clown symbolizes the French Revolution. You can see tears are dropping from the eyes, and that is a symbol of the First and Second Estate who were always treating the Third Estate unfairly. Because the French Revolution started, and many of the High-Class people got persecuted or killed, the eye is crying. On the other hand, the mouth is smiling, which shows that the Third Estate is smiling because they are finally standing up to the un-fairness, and trying to get their freedom and right treatment. If you look closely at the smile, you could probably see that the mouth also has a bit of a frown, and that symoblizes the sorrow of the Third Estate. There is a shadow of the clown in the back, and it shows that the clown is being killed. That means that France of the old days -- when there were Three Estates and poor people didn't get fair treatment -- has fallen, and a better place to live is rising. "NO?" is the title song of the CD, which is also the last track, track number 10.

CD Back Cover:
The CD back cover shows a teenage boy with a gun next to him, and he looks sad. That shows the sorrow of children, because poor children couldn't get educated and they couldn't eat much or live happily. I put special effort into the eyes.
For ease of comparison, here are front and back covers placed side by side:

Sa-Rah's aesthetic style is rather different than En-Uk's, more precise and detailed, for those who might recall (and if you don't recall, then go here).

I don't recall learning much about the French Revolution in my seventh-grade year, but I've been told that American schools have become more advanced and rigorous since the days that I attended. Anyway, I'm satisfied with the education that my daughter's receiving in her online school, not just in this class but in all of them.


At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I've been told that American schools have become more advanced and rigorous since the days that I attended."

That is my perception, too. I'm astonished at depth and breadth of knowledge and skills in our learning standards. It's incredible to realize that uniform learning standards are relatively recent in US education. Virginia's SOL are almost 10 years old. Prior to the introduction of standards, schools and teachers had a lot of leeway to teach whatever they wanted, especially in literature and social studies classes, where the content is less linear and sequential skill-based than math or science. Our rising standards are in conflict with the rising number of high needs children unable to approach those high standards, something the present NCLB refuses to recognize with its mandate that all children be on grade level by 2013.

At 7:43 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, Sonagi, for confirming what I've been told. By the way, what do SOL and NCLB mean?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SOL: (Virginia) Standards of Learning. All 50 states have K-12 sets of curriculum standards for all subjects, as mandated by NCLB: No Child Left Behind, the big educational reform act passed in 2001.

At 4:25 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks. Living abroad for over 20 years has left me ignorant on two decades of changes.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:13 PM, Blogger En-Uk Sequoya Hwang said...

Hi! Daddy! Is this what Sa-Rah drew? She is very good at drawing!

En-Uk Sequoya Hwang

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Yes, En-Uk, she is good.

Jeffery "Daddy" Hodges

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