Write About Education

Before in my country, children went to school for nine years, elementary school for five years, middle school for three years, and high school for two years. But now elementary school is six years, middle school is three years, and high school is three years. Every year from about January 20th to Feb. 29th children have winter vacation, and from July 20th to August 31st they have summer vacation.--Daisy

In my native country, it's mandatory for children to go to school. They have to go to school for 9 years. There are three kinds of schools: elementary school, middle school, and high school. The children used to go to school on Saturday but now they have to go to school five days a week. The students have to take a test to get into college, so the students should work hard. Sometimes the students should get up early to read the textbooks and work hard on the weekends too.--Kathy

In my native country, it's mandatory for children to go to school from the age of seven until sixteen. The classes are free. The universities are free too, but you have to take a hard test to get into college. Most of the classroom customs in my country are similar to classroom customs here, like kinds of school, the methods that the teachers use, etc. Unfortunately, in my country teaching isn't considered a good profession. Therefore there are more women than men teachers and they are frequently on strike.--Maria

The education in my native country is very different from in the U.S. In Brazil, kids start school around four or five years old. The students have three different levels of school before university. The first one is four years, the second is four years too, and the third one is three years. I had a good time during my school years. I remember my classmates and some teachers with love. It's important you have a good education so you can get a good job in the future and you are able to do different activities.--Cibele

In my country, students can finish 12 years of school after high school and then take the exam for the university. The teachers are always professional, but I remember one teacher. He was an English teacher. He just taught by himself. The students could talk about something in class, or could go outside. It was very loose. One day a student made a fire on the walk. The teacher didn't catch him. He just went to the office to ask the principal for help.--Paul

I always remember the advice of my English teacher who said, "Be more serious in studying your English because it will be useful whatever you do." At that time I didn't take her advice seriously because English was just a foreign language for me, but now I understand so much.--Abdulla

In my country, students can finish high school in 4 years. You have to pass an exam for you to graduate.--Gabriel

After 4 years of school in Switzerland, it's time for the decision about which level of high school you can go to. We have 3 levels. The difference of these 3 levels is that they teach everything in a different tempo! Another difference is that the future education has to pay attention to your current level. That means maybe you can not study your favorite job because of the level you were in. That doesn't mean you can not move on! So either way you have to find a new "favorite job", study, study, study to get better so you will have the chance to go to the next higher level! In Switzerland it's more common to get an education to learn a job and then go to the university. I guess that's more the way in America!--Nathalie

The education in my native town before I came here was one school for men and another school for women. The teachers were very striict and serious. All the students had to attend and focus on their studies.--Victor

What I understood in my native country was the great possibility of having a good education. I had many good teachers, men as well as women. When I used to go to school, teaching was considered a good profession. I have always remembered my history teacher. I haven't forgotten her lessons since I heard them.--Yuriy

I think America's education is very different than in my country. In China, we can't call a teacher by the teacher's name. We only call them "teacher" or their last name and teacher. In the class we can't talk with classmates. The teachers have to wear dressy clothes. The tables and chairs are different than here.--ZiCai

I do remember all the teachers that I had when I was in high school because every one had a different teaching style. Maybe personal ideas influenced their teaching styles. I think there were more women teachers than men teachers in every school, but I don't know why. When I was in high school I liked to study math, physics, geometry, and chemistry. Their teachers were the best.--Tunga

In my native country, if I haven't forgotten, people let their children go to school at five years old. Every one of the children finishes six years of elementary school, three years of middle school, and three years of high school. Then they go to a university or college if they can. I think almost all of the education is the same in my country and here, but children have to learn things following the book and there is a lot of homework. The semester is the same too. The only differences is that they have a New Year's holiday, and here they have Christmas. I remember in my math teacher's class he always let all the class close their eyes 15 minutes before he started the class. I don't know why, but it felt the best.--Pho

In my country, it is mandatory for children to go to school until they are 13. Boys and girls are the same. Also, it is not free. The kids must have 7 years for elementary school, 3 for middle school, and 3 for high school. Private school is expensive too. For the year, we start on Sept. 1st and end on Jan 6th. The school day is from 8 to 5, Monday to Friday. The teachers use the same methods. We don't care whether they are women or men. I remember the teacher who visited my parents every four weeks. --Lyman

In my native country, Brazil, whoever has money can pay a private school and have a good education and go to college. But the poor children who go to the public school don't go to learn, but to eat. It's the only meal they'll have all day, and many other children don't go to school because they need to work to help the family. Being a teacher in my country isn't a good profession because teachers aren't appreciated and they don't make good money. The government doesn't give emough money for education because my country is very poor and there are many different kinds of problems and they think education isn't a priority.--Guiliane

I have two sons. When we moved here, they were nine years old. They studied in China two years in elementary school. Now they are studying here. Sometimes I asked them, "Do you like school in your native country or American school?" They said, "Of course, we like it here. In China we had a lot of homework and tests, and the teacher was angry. Now my teacher is friendly, we finish homework in school, and we have lots of time to play and do things we like." I don't know if that is good or bad. I can't feel that they are learning fast and improving, but their thinking is more active and their body is stronger.--Bond

We have similarities in classroom customs in my country and here. There are private and public schools in my country. The school a child chooses depends on the financial backgorund of his or her parents. As a rule, education, especially discipline and order is better. There are more women teachers than men. Teaching is considered a good, reputable, but less well-paid profession. When the teacher comes in a classroom, all the children stand up, as a sign of their esteem. For our generation when we were children, the teachers were the best people after our parents. We trusted them completely. A special teacher, like a special friend, was one who we got along with and liked or maybe loved.--Tanya