Essay about The Education System Of The United States

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Michael and Paaro are from United States of America and Finland respectively, and they both are 5 years old, ready to embrace the education system in their respective country. Michael had a head start in education when he entered elementary school at six. A year later, Paaro steps into the school as a student in Finland. Despite the late start, he still excelled more in math, reading and science. Both of the characters represented are one of the harsh truths faced by the education system of the United States. Since the year 2000, Finnish students have overwhelmed the American students in the Program for International Students Assessment (PISA), ranking sixth in math, second in science and third in reading and placed United States, overall, at 21st among the 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Country (Tung p2). Even though Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, is much smaller that the United States, the Finland education system has certainly outperformed the U.S’s because they have better tutelage method, stable economy and higher teacher status.

Viewing from the education approach of each country, the U.S tends to rely too much on standardized test to measure students’ capabilities in a certain subject. Even so, the outcome of this modus is still highly debatable. The education path of an average American is pretty straightforward; beginning with elementary school, proceeding with high school then going to college to earn a degree. It seems that…

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