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Rob H.

On teachers that blog...

and this one seems kinda cool:

Sharon Farr

I hear much comparison between secondary schools in the United States and other countries from the "pundits" on television. Supposedly our students are behind, especially in science and mathematics; our students do not have the same percentage of graduation, etc. Of course, schools, especially teachers are blamed for this difference in the quality of education. But what about the possibility (that no one every mentions) that we are comparing apples and oranges? I visited a friend in Sweden (granted, this was years ago) and she explained to me that students are separated early in their educational careers into two tracks; vocational and university preparatory. We don't do that in the United States. We assume everyone can go to college and all students take courses, including algebra, chemistry and so on, with that end in view.

I would like to know if that is true in countries such as Japan, China, and other European countries. If it is, why is this difference never mentioned when we compare ourselves to these countries?

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