posted on Sep, 27 2009 @ 06:03 PM
I remember my grandma used to say, when I was growing up, that in America, we have too many breaks and free days, therefore that was the reason that
America's school system was slipping. I guess I just accepted that because I had never actually lived in another country to compare the schools.
Fast forward to now. I live in Germany which has a "better" education system than America. These kids never go to school! It's really amazing to
A student's entire school day normally ends before noon and starts at eight. If you're going for the highest high school diploma, you
may have to go to school until two, and if that's the case, it's a really bad thing. [I remember in high school we always got out at two, in
middle school 3:30!] The summer break is just as long as in America, eight weeks or so. About a month and a half after school starts, so in the next
few weeks, the students get a two week fall break. [This was unheard of to me until I attended a college in Hungary.] At Christmas, the students get
a month break, I believe. [When I was growing up, we got a week an a half.] Then, there is a two or three week Spring break. [It was one week for
us.] Then, naturally, there are the random days off here and there.
The problem with the US education system, in my opinion, isn't that the time spent in school is too little. Rather, too many of the schools have too
many teachers teaching that don't want to be there. I remember having teachers that I was certain hated kids. Then there are teachers that simply
can't teach. Rather then forcing the American student to spend more wasted hours in a school with teachers that can't teach and don't want to
(shouldn't) be there, we need to get teachers that can and want to teach and are able to get kids to want to learn.