Today was the first of three planned trips to Sequoia and OnlineHS. The 35+ guests are from Korean Air & Correspondence High School, the largest online program in Korea.
A federally-funded initiative, the 39-year old program serves the nation’s youth and adults who couldn’t get a diploma because they were forced to work in the factories to support their families or because they couldn’t afford to pay for high school (yes, students pay to go to most high schools in Korea). A high school diploma is a big deal, allowing someone to take a university entrance test or get a job in government or other higher-paid career.
The name “Air & Correspondence” comes from their early days when they used radio to deliver their lessons and mail to exchange student work. Since their beginning, they have taught over 300,000 students and currently have 15,000 students enrolled this year.
Now with the planet’s fastest Internet speeds—Air & Correspondence is a world Internet leader.
[quote]By the end of 2012, South Korea intends to connect every home in the country to the Internet at one gigabit per second. That would be a tenfold increase from the already blazing national standard and more than 200 times as fast as the average household setup in the United State’s[/quote] http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/technology/22iht-broadband22.html?_r=4