Tour of the American high school
Be an American school and see what's going on behind the impenetrable walls of the school, it has been a long-standing desire. Below - pictures of high school of a small American town in the hinterland of the country.
School doors are closed. To enter the building, you must call the video phone. In many schools stands at the entrance to the detector.
At the entrance sits secretary, she asks clarifying questions, checked with lists, gives the visitor fill out a form, sign badge and asked to wait.
starts the change. A few minutes is suitable teacher and we go to class.
The American School - a place where there is very difficult. All this is possible to realize thanks to a good friend in the international department at Notre Dame, without her nothing had happened. Reconciliation took place in several stages. The first question on my part was a question of taking pictures of what has been answered - take pictures at school impossible. After several letters agreed on the fact that you can not take pictures of children in the hallways, but you can take a picture of the class.
Each class is equipped with a projector. The presentation consisted of a large number of photos of places in Russia and Moscow. In pictures and in words, I compared two completely different people, two cultures, two ways of thinking. He talked about the historical nuances, differences in urban development, and approaches to the same problems. Children twelve years old listened attentively and asked many questions.
Some lessons, such as "Sex education" are taught separately to boys and girls. In this school, this practice extends to many other things, so in the classroom only boys and for some reason one girl.
First, the child goes to primary school - Elementary school - and learns there from first to fifth grade. Small primary schools in one area may be several.
From the sixth through eighth grade student in high school - Middle school. High School more than the initial size and in most cases one of the area. Of all primary school children go to high school of his district and there continue training together for three years - classes 6-7-8.
A person can not go to school in another district. In disadvantaged areas, low-life, and low cost of renting property, and low quality of schools. That the child was in a good school, you need to move to a more expensive area.
In ninth grade, students go to school for high school - High school. In most cases, in only a few schools for high school, if the city is small, it may be completely one big school.
In the one hundred thousandth the city of South Bend is located some thirty elementary school, fifteen secondary schools and five schools senior classes.
On the backs embroidered school name.
The child carries to school or a school bus transported parents / nannies by car. At the bus driver exactly paved route, he knows where to get one and how much. The bus stops at the house or at the nearest intersection.
From the story about Quebec:
When a school bus stops, the front moves away mini-barrier that prevents the students to cross the road in front of the bus. A driver's side die is removed with a "Stop" to riding behind the driver stopped and missed children.
Immediately after the presentation of the children went for lunch, many packages have been out of the house.
Dining Room. Behind his back was a huge queue of hungry screaming kids.
Issuance of children
Children whose parents prefer to take children on their own, after the lessons are arranged in a line near the exit of the school. At the exit of the road along the queue of cars with their parents. Transfer of children takes place under the supervision of one or more teachers to make sure that the child recognizes the people in the car.
Library. On the left is an open computer lab, where he also was a lesson. During the entire wireless internet school.
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Class Difficulty levels
Public approach to the personality of the states is very simple - everyone should feel comfortable. This can be seen at all levels, and originates in the school. If the child does not assimilate the program of a specific subject, it is transferred to the classroom with reduced complexity. In this case, this class is not called a class for laggards in the certificate next to the name of the subject will be the number 1, 2 or 3. The child may also get exactly five, but the five can not be compared with that obtained in the class with the highest level of complexity. Passed the difficulty level will be set for admission to the university. The gym.
The game of dodgeball.
School Board records.
Most students are able to study for free at the best universities of the state. My neighbor Rob was born in Berkeley, California, and at the end of school years was a member of 1% of the best graduates of their area, with the result that the state is fully paid for his education at UC Berkeley - about $ 30,000 per year.