Re: Foreign exchange student's view on USA
the difference is in germany, kids want to learn and are taught that learning means they succeed. In america, kids generally dont want to learn (i know i didnt, up to a certain age) and think its up to everyone else to help them succeed.
However i think past 6th grade you didnt ask to go to the bathroom, you just waited till the period was over and did it during your walk to the next class. usually in HS teachers know this and really dont expect you to raise your hand in front of the class and go "may i go peepee?", i know i used to just go up to them and be like "im gonna go drop a deuce" and they would usually just go "hope it comes out ok" (btw, i had badass teachers, especially my mentor and hero, my auto shop teacher), so asking was never really an issue.
I say if people dont want to learn, dont waste time teaching them. Maybe we need a generation of stupid ****tards (even dumber than whats out there now) so that they can start stressing the importance of a higher education to the next generation under them.
However in my studies of Germany its a bit different than here in America. IIRC they go to about 10th grade then most go onto a Tech school and learn a trade. America is just now getting into this mode, where most HS Grads are now going to 2 year tech schools and learning a certain trade in lieu of a 4 year college that teaches a whole ****load of other stuff as well as your major, which usually isnt even related to what you actually end up doing in real life. however with a tech school, you learn that one trade and thats it; that education normally doesnt apply to anything else whereas a 4year college people see you actually graduated and that means more than what your major was most the time (means you can start and finish stuff!).
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