Moon Yonglin, the Superintendent of the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, said that it’s hard to nurture creative talents in the current limited Korean education paradigm.
Moon gave a lecture titled, “How to turn Korea into a creative society” at the breakfast seminar of Korea CEO Summit (Chairman: Park Bong-kyu), which was held at the Seoul Palace Hotel on the 11th. In the lecture, he stated “Socio-cultural system has greater impact on creativity than innate quality found in minority of talents.”
While stressing the importance of the system, Moon emphasized the need to change Korea’s education paradigm. “Rather than providing creativity education to a few selected elites, we must pursue multi-centered creativity education by redirecting our focus to developing creativity in all students,” explained Moon.
He also argued that “Aside from the current “6-3-3-4” system (6 years in elementary school, 3 years in middle school, 3 years in high school, and 4 years in college), we need to pave a separate path for talent development by establishing a new education system that focus on competency through National Competency Standards (NCS) because the current system, which focus on certifying elevation of level of education, is not enough to nurture creative talents.”
Meanwhile, around 70 people attended the breakfast seminar, including President Oh Myeong of Dongbu HiTek, Honorary Chairman of Korea YeCheung, Lee Sung-lim, former Environment Minister Lee Man-eui, and Gu Cheonseo, the director of the Korea Future Foundation. Korea CEO Summit, which began in 2003, is a gathering of figures in various sectors such as politics, economy, culture, and society.