Here in the Republic of Korea students are given a chance to step away from the mainstream of universities and have the chance to step out of their secondary school (high school) with a certificate in a technical skill and have a job waiting for them straight out of high school.
|One of the race horses produced|
by the school
|Look at that view!|
One of the horses in the school's
After a short video presentation we got a real feel of what the school was all about. We took a quick tour of the facilities and got to meet a few of the 85 students.
The most shocking detail of the school's population for me was that out of the 85 enrolled students only 19 were females. This means on average there are 5 girls in each of the four grade levels. After learning more about the culture as well as the application process which includes two parts physical fitness and academic success it became clear why their were mainly male students. Looking towards the future like most the school is currently undergoing construction to add female dormitories. At this time the equine industry is not very demanding in the Republic of Korea, however the opportunities for employment around the globe are in high demand. The school is looking to expand and grow at this point in time for every three students who apply only one is excepted into the program.
|Students giving their horses a bath|
after the classroom instruction!
Watch the video below.
Reflecting back on our adventure today I would really enjoy seeing more schools like these in the United States. How cool would it be to go to a school to a high school where you learned how to train horses, manage your own breeding facility, or learn the skills to become a farrier, or equine therapist? All of these career paths are offered here to students giving them hands on experience for the careers they desire!
For more information on the Meister school we visited Click here
And for a quick read on the education reform in the Republic of Korea
|Now this is my kind of classroom! Students ride |
about 2-4 hrs a day, this is the open
classroom the teacher in the middle gives instruction to his small class