Exploring education differences: What are the pros and cons of studying in America? Overseas?
Sure, American students get a bad rap for how they perform on standardized tests. But as some international students quickly discover, our teens probably lead the world in self-esteem.
We asked three writers to describe the differences they have experienced between American and foreign schools.
Being an exchange student from Taiwan introduced Mary Wu to American confidence and a habit of disrespecting teachers. Likewise, Dami Gilbert’s time in Nigeria taught her to appreciate flexibility over discipline, while Mairead DeBruin’s routine at Avalon School feels unconventional even by U.S. standards.
Finally, two YourTurn contest winners suggest how President Obama should tackle education reform.
The question is: Can U.S. schools deliver what teens want and still make America competitive globally?