I believe the u.k. and u.s. education standards are pretty much the same,only in the u.s. a higher % are encouraged to push themselfs towards a higher education(college degree).
Living in the nederlands,i also see that dutch kids are far more comfortable just communicating at a younger age than kids from the u.k. Put a kid in front of a group of older people and they are more likely to get all shy and freeze up,kids in holland just talk for days!!!this i think comes from learning to interact with others at a young age and also being educated in other language's much earlier(primary school) than kids in the u.k. and probably also the u.s.
Us english speaking nations put very little importance on foreign language's with in my opinion does nothing but holds us back.
On the other hand dutch schools have also major problems in their education system.....at 14 dutch kids are expected to choose and go in to a school that reflects their education level and career ambitions.
I have a friends whose child has chosen to go into a "Horeca" school ( horeca is the food and drink industry) because her parents work in that field.I found it hard to find out about this system but from what i gather once your choose and enter this kind of school your stuck in it,i find it to be a rather stupid system and even more stupid they have such special schools that cater for such a career.
And how at 14 you are supposed to make a life changing choice like that is beyond me,suppose your a "late bloomer" and at 15/16 you decide you would rather be a lawyer and not a barman.....your stuffed
thx proffesor Jacktro
Edited by jacktro, 20 July 2008 - 08:11 PM.
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