According to this report I saw on Yahoo, Korean kids are among the top students who do well in math and science.
Korean grade 4 students top science. They are second to Singapore 4th graders when it comes to math. The 8th graders from Korea top math and are third in science.
I didn’t read the whole report on TIMMS, but I can understand why Korean kids perform well in math. They start their education very early! We actually taught our son late compared to his peers. My son started his math last year, autumn 2011 when he was already 5 1/2 years old. By that age, a few of his classmates in day care have already memorized their “gugudan” or multiplication table! No kidding! I thought my son was doing well in his addition at 6 years old!
Korean students didn’t participate in the reading literacy. I wonder how they would place though. Moms in Korea literary spend millions of won in books.