What are the schools like where you're from?

@Jennlk84 (4219)
United States
September 17, 2009 4:32pm CST
I was listening to NPR (national public radio) on my drive home today. They were talking about school's in Pakistan and I just couldn't believe what I was hearing. They were talking about how the teacher's are usually late and the kids arrive before them at noon. Also how it's hard to get the children to come to school because it's so hot and a lot of the schools don't have electricity to run fans. It's just so hard to imagine schools in other parts of the world. I am a teacher here in the United States. Schools are very structured here and children attend Monday-Friday. There are typically 15-25 children per teacher, depending on the age group. How many hours a day the children go and what months of the year is typically different from state to state. During the day the children explore math, science, social studies/geography, history, reading, physical education, art, music, etc. So I'm curious - where are you from and what is school like for the kids there?
2 responses
• Singapore
17 Sep 09
the school system in Singapore is good here and it is a must for all children to go to school. there are fully function rooms to accommodate all types of learning and i must say that education is the number one priority in Singapore . All parents must sent their children to school and failure to comply is actually punishable by law if without a valid reason. basically there is no excuse for not sending their children to school and most school is strategically place near most residences in Singapore.
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@Jennlk84 (4219)
• United States
17 Sep 09
That's great to hear! And education is also nonnegotiable here in the U.S.
@maezee (34486)
• United States
18 Sep 09
Well I'm in college now (which is WAY different than grade school/high school obviously) and live in the US. We both live in the US, so I imagine that schooling isn't very different. You know the drill, I'm sure, you can drop out at 16, the government has been doing the uber-budget-cut thing for the past 5+ years, and it's really taken an effect on at least MY schooling experience! I live in a city, Minneapolis, where kids were pretty much just..out of control. Not to mention that we had between 30-40 students per class. And ghetto textbooks, chairs, etc. We were seriously lacking in funding - a lot of our teachers got cut and I think our graduation rate wasn't too good (like 50%?). Meh. Because of the budget cuts we didn't have AC or after-school-busses and very little heat in the winter (although thankfully the body heat from 1500 students helped!!). But like you're saying, compared to other countries, I should feel fortunate that we had electricity and that school is free for us (unless you count private schooling, which I didn't do). !
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