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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

The "Equalization" Policy: Going beyond Arguments over a False Issue

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2004, v.44 no.4, pp.246-264

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Abstract

This essay reviews the six essays published in the Korea Journal under the general heading, Debate on the Equalization Policy. It points out that the essays have failed to produce a meaningful policy debate due to confusion about the nature of pyeongjunhwa policy, which they deal with as an equalization policy. It argues that the policy was and is not directly serving the development of a solid system of public education. Born out of improvised, inappropriate efforts to cope with the question of entrance competitions, the policy actually helped aggravate the question, deepened state interventionespecially in the private sphere of educationand drained much needed resources for the development of public education.The essay concludes by suggesting a new perspective that is broad enough to accommodate not only the efficacy of the policy concerned but also the statethe owner of the policy which in itself has been an important part of South Koreas structural educational problems.

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education policy political economy of education statism in education private education public education pyeongjunhwaThe six Debate on [the] Equalization Policy essays (Chun 2003 Kim Kyung-keun. 2003 Lee 2004 Ahn and Rieu 2004 Kim S. 2004 S education policy political economy of education statism in education private education public education pyeongjunhwaThe six Debate on [the] Equalization Policy essays (Chun 2003 Kim Kyung-keun. 2003 Lee 2004 Ahn and Rieu 2004 Kim S. 2004 S

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