This is the first post on the Thoughts and random facts series with focus on the latter. This series continues with further posts once I get a new collection of some facts.
During this week I talked to a lot to people with different nationalities. A few insights:
- First, Korean pupils and students tend to study a lot more than pupils and students from any other countries. A study about OECD members in 2009 says that between the age of 15 and 24 they’re studying nearly three hours more per day (in sum eight hours) than the average and score the second rank on PISA behind Finland. In 2015, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and Taiwan were the top students in math and science among 76 countries.
- In a talk I got to know that after school many Koreans ease off during their universities studies, namely in spending their time socializing, drinking, and dating after years of such activities being discouraged.
- Upon birth Koreans are already one year old.
- Singapore was described as a very clean city multiple times which doesn’t surprise due to draconic punishments for littering.
- In western countries students have forums for critizing their professors. A blog post debates benefits and drawbacks of such public forums. But while most teachers and professors get back-up from their university, foreign professors at Korean universities can have a hard time if they don’t act the way everyone’s agreeing with.
- A few discussions among minimum wage and unemployment benefits showed the following: according to Wikipedia, open-ended welfare programms like Hartz 4 in Germany are seldom among countries, with only Australia, Finland and Ireland having similar benefits. On the other hand, minimum wages are worldwide spread, with, in general, Australia, Germany, San Marino and Luxembourg on the top, depending on the calculation method.
- Brazilian becomes a world language over the roots of its origin in Portugal.
- In Austria, many people seek basic medical treatment rather in hospitals than at general practitioners, leading to high hospilization rates and low times per patient for the doctors.
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