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2021-12-26 21:05:28

Education in USA: Popular Myths and Facts

Education in USA: Popular Myths and Facts

They say that you can get into the American experimental school by winning the lottery. Some believe that parents who like to skip school can be put in jail. And schoolchildren are also forbidden to pray. But whether this is true, we will now find out!

Interesting facts about American education

Not all American schools consider September 1 to be the first school day.

No U.S. state law has fixed the exact date of the beginning of the school year for students, so each state is free to independently decide on the beginning and end of the new school year.

Students are immediately assigned to a specific school

Public schools in America accept students only at the place of residence. So if parents decide to change schools, they will first have to settle in the area where this educational institution is located. The only way to send a child to another school without moving is a private school.

In the lottery you can win a place in one of the schools

Charter schools are invested by private individuals and supported by public funds. In principle, these educational institutions can be considered experimental schools that approach the learning process. Someone focuses on art, someone puts natural sciences in priority, some schools work without calls and changes. Studies are free, but there are few places available, which is why enrollment in the school occurs by chance - a lottery draw.

Parents are responsible for the absence of children in the classroom

Each parent is responsible for their child's attendance. If a truant misses too much, then parents can be punished not only with general disapproval, but also with a large fine or a term in prison.

Every year the composition of teachers for each class changes

Reshaping classrooms is an annual phenomenon before the start of the new school year. This is explained by the fact that the leadership of the educational institution wants to balance the composition of classes on the basis of gender, race and level of training.

There are unique traditions in all schools and universities

American football is one of the most popular sports in the United States. They begin to engage in it from school, and the first professional steps are made by university students. So, at Ohio University there is a long tradition, according to which before each match you need to arrange a mass swim on the lake. Senior students at Stanford University kiss first-year students on the first fall full moon. At Harvard, they generally strip naked before exams and run around at night in the courtyard of the university.

You can enter the university without entrance exams

Before graduation, students undergo a variety of test works. They send the results to the chosen university, and the university administration decides whether they need such a student based on these results.

Permanent schedule

Before the academic year, everyone independently chooses the subjects that they would like to make a priority. After approval, every day he will attend only the selected disciplines and always in the same order. Students can usually change the schedule only at the beginning of the next semester.

Myths that mislead us

Normal education in America is available only to the rich

The leadership of US schools understands that not everyone is able to afford to get a good paid education, so there is a wide choice of benefits for students. The more gifted undergo competitive selections for grants. Loyalty programs help students work and learn, and tax credits provide opportunities for phased tuition payments.

School forbids children to pray

Here the question is more about democracy in the United States. Students can safely pray at school, as can teachers. But none of them, especially educators, can distinguish one religion from another and encourage others to worship one or another divine force.

No school dress code

The US authorities leave the right to choose school clothes to the states, so each part of the country will have its own restrictions and requirements for school clothes. Sometimes the uniform can even determine in which state and school the child studies.

The international ranking of the university is very important for applicants

American experts do not attach much importance to the international ranking of the university for admission. For them, the level of university training in the chosen specialty is important.

Private schools give higher grades to students than in a regular school

Everything is relative here. After the study, it was found that pupils of ordinary municipal schools can achieve even better results than students of private educational institutions. It all depends on the child and the teachers.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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