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Old 05-29-2008, 10:41 PM   #1
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Foreign exchange student's view on USA

Apparently my old HS has a foreign exchange student program now. He was here last year, loved America so much and decided to stay full time.

He said his only problem with America is that he is much more restricted and has less freedom than back in Germany. Yeah, I know its kinda ironic since we love to brag about our home of the free.

For example, he is free to just get up and leave class to go to the bathroom. If you aren't there, you don't learn, don't pass etc. Here, you need to ask the teacher who then decides if you are pass worthy then are watched by cameras and security guards in the hallways.

I just found it a bit ironic and thought it was worth mentioning since I have always been unhappy with our school system (or at least my public schooling experience).

I just thought it was post worthy to hear how our country is viewed by someone somewhat unbiased.
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Re: Foreign exchange student's view on USA

We aren't the smartest country anymore and its because this country does **** like that. You treat kids like criminals and they act out, it turns them off to school and you end up having schools across the country with a low graduation rate.
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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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Re: Foreign exchange student's view on USA

yeah, but how do we convert our educational system to refocus on education rather than progress. we got sidetracked on what is important. would a more liberal, thought and project based cirriculum be better than a remember this for the test type style or do you think it is a product of our culture?
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Re: Foreign exchange student's view on USA

Ohh, I went to private school from Pre-K through high school and now I am about to graduate the Academy so I've never shared the public school experiences and have a totally different view on schooling
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yeah, I really don't feel like america is so much the home of the free anymore, apparently the british are also suffering from the same disease, to a much greater extent and its not just guards and camera's that make me feel this way, actually that has nothing to do with it.
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