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Education Systems Around the World

We live in a world where “No Child is Left Behind”. America’s education system has progressed greatly over the past ten years. From the ideas of George W. Bush to President Obama and to even our personal Mayor De Blasio, many people disagree with the way our system woks but what they don’t realize is that America is much more better off than countries around the world. Many of us are immigrants from third world countries and it came to my attention that there, kids who go to school for ten hours a day, only to pay extra money to out of school tutors for tuition.

Now, I know that there are various points that can be debated over NYC’s new PreK curriculum, or Mayor De Blasio’s choice to close off the charter schools. And while it is completely understandable to have differences of opinion, we should take a look at the ideas of parents who think that they’ve made the proper decision to send their children to charter schools. As I have heard from a teacher in the public school system, there has been recent changes and blocks that have made it almost impossible for teachers to individualize their lessons, and they must follow all protocols strictly. Is this a good or bad thing? I find that while certain guidelines should be followed, it is unfair to give every child the same type of education when each child thinks and carries out thoughts in a different manner. Because of this, charter schools are seen as more lenient. At the same time, they may be more beneficial to children.

Around the world, it has been found that Finland and South Korea top as the two highest ranking education systems. It has also been noticed that as the social status of teachers increase, the quality of education does as well. Students in Latvia, Chile, and Brazil have been moving to better grades and educational gains at three times the rate of American students. (This basically equates to 2 full years of American education).

The amount of money spent of each child’s education in American rounded off at about $15,000, whereas in Japan (#1 educator in 2013) paid only around $10,000.

So what do you guys think American is doing “wrong”? How can our standards of education be raised to from 18th rank, to #1?


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