August 4 - 10, 010• Te Sherando imes • Page 3Read all issues in their entirety FREE on www.Sherandoimes.comChristian schools on the east andwest coasts. Pak noted that someprincipals o public schools inKorea send their own children toChristian schools there. Te Ko-rean language, tae kwon do, theBible and modern Korean history are an important part o the cur-riculum at Christian schools inKorea. When asked why the Ko-reans seem to excel at math abovethe average U.S. student, Pak ex-plained that it is emphasized inschool and students are also tu-tored in math in the evening. Healso said that the Korean systemo learning math is inuenced by the Japanese system. GVCS oper-ates under the auspices o ACSI(Association o Christian SchoolsInternational), as do many o theChristian schools in the UnitedStates. MVCA is a ully accred-ited K-1 ACSI member school.For students who come to theU.S., the minimum requirementis they must stay with their hostamily or one year. Tey canchoose to return to the U.S.,as two o the students have orMVCA, and can even decide tonish their high school educa-tion here. South Korean studentsmust go through a screeningprocess beore they can be ap-proved to come to the U.S. asstudents. Teir behavior must beappropriate. Tey are “western-ized” beore coming here, whichessentially means that they areeducated about American cul-ture. Students are taught Englishbeginning in elementary school.Global Vision Christian Schoolinvites teachers rom Christianschools in the U.S. to come toSouth Korea during the sum-mer to help prepare the studentsor their time in America. woteachers rom MVCA went toSouth Korea this summer andparticipated in the program. Joy Presley, the th grade teacherat MVCA and Judy Burkey, thehistory teacher at MVCA, bothrecently returned rom SouthKorea. For Judy Burkey, it was agreat opportunity to experienceanother culture. (O course, ithelped that the trip expenseswere covered by GVCS.) Burkey was impressed with how respect-ul the Korean students are toteachers. Te name, “teacher” isconsidered to be a respectul ti-tle. Students bow when meetinga teacher. In South Korea, educa-tion is held in high regard, Burkey said. Te Korean students have aregimented school day which last14 hours. Tey have a mandatory study hall in the evening rom 7-9:30 P.M. Students have six nalsin one day in Korea, whereas atMVCA, nals are spaced out dur-ing the last week o school to givestudents time to study or each.When students receive demeritsin Korean school, the sanctionsinvolve physical punishmentsuch as push-ups or maintainingthe push-up position or a certainamount o time. For good behav-ior, Korean students can earnextra tae kwon do training time,which the students seem to en-
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