posted on Nov, 28 2012 @ 09:35 AM
Education in America has traditionally been left up to each state. Each state could determine what is taught and who teaches. Beyond that, local
school districts held control over education.
Thus, there could be huge differences looking at American schools from a national level. In one state, your child might be taught by someone with a
Master's Degree, while in another (as happened to my friend in Alabama years ago) your high school student might be taught by a teacher who herself
just graduated from high school.
Culturally, American schools are different. America families depend on schools to go beyond academics to providing sports and social activities. Thus,
the emphasis on, say football for ex, and dances and clubs. In other countries, sports and social activities are provided outside of a school system.
Also, American schools are too often seen by families as daycare.
Culturally, American parents are less likely to demand academic excellence, and the hard work to get there. In China and India, parents want tutoring
so their student obtains an "A+" rather than an "A", whereas, American students see it as ok to slide by with a "D".
I might return with more to add, but I have to end here.