GUIDE TO THE AMERICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM

April 21st, 2017 | by StudyAtOnline.com
GUIDE TO THE AMERICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
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The American education system is not like that in many other countries. Though the United States Federal government contributes almost ten percent to the national education budget, education is mostly the responsibility of state and local government.

 

For example, in Minnesota, approximately eighty percent of public education funds come from state sources. Concerning seventy percent comes from public sources, while less than five percent comes from the Federal government. Every State has its individual department of education and laws regulating finance, the hiring of school personnel, student attendance, and course of study.

 

States determine the number of years of essential education: in most states, education is mandatory from five to sixteen; however, in some states teens have to stay on in school until age eighteen. So, each state has great management over what is taught in its schools and over the necessities that a student must meet, and also it is responsible for the funding of schooling.

 

In most States, the general education system is further divided into public school districts, that are managed by a school board, representing the local community. School districts can be very small, covering simply a small town or rural county, or massive, covering a whole large city; according to their local policy, they are also responsible for coordinating education policies, planning for changing educational wants in the community, and usually even establishing programs and curricula. They will conjointly delegate a varying amount of freedom or independence to each individual school within their sector.

 

Public schools have also relied greatly on local property taxes to meet the immense majority of school expenses. American schools have thus tended to reflect the academic values and financial capabilities of the communities in which they are located.

 

So, there is massive variation among schools concerning courses, subjects, and many other activities – it always depends on where the school is generally located. Still, there are a few common points, the division of the education system into 3 levels: primary education, secondary education, and higher education (college or university).

 

Formal schooling lasts twelve years, until around age eighteen. Compulsory schooling, though, ends by age sixteen in most states; the remaining states need students to attend school until they are seventeen or eighteen. All children in the U.S. have access to free public schools. Private schools are available, but students must pay tuition to attend them.

 

Many states and communities give schools or special classes for children with special educational needs, as well as those with emotional and behavioral problems, sensible and severe learning difficulties, communication problems, physical disabilities or partial hearing. There are also individual schools catering for presented and talented children, and most public schools have presented and talented programs.

 

How Age is Counted in the United States

 

A person’s age is counted starting from physical birth (rather than, as in some cultures for example, from conception) in the United States. Newborns begin at zero, and each passing of a twelve months period from the original date of birth adds one year to the person’s age. So, as an example, if a child was born on February 9th, 2000, the similar child would be one year old on February 9th, 2001; two years old on February 9th, 2002; and so forth.

 

Individual Responsibility

 

Individual responsibility has an essential place in the American value system. This value is taught to kids from a young age. For example, starting from kindergarten, each year students are given a handbook that outlines the entire details of the school’s policies and procedures, and also the consequences for violating them. The reference includes policies on Hazing, Personal Possessions, Harassment, and is designed to assist parents and students perceive the district’s guidelines for acceptable behavior in all of those areas. Both parents and students are expected to read it and sign a sort attesting they are responsive to their rights and responsibilities. Many teachers also ask students to sign a handout description policies and procedures to pursue in their classes.

 

 

One Comment

  1. Brandi says:

    Auguri, Luca! Di cuore.Alla fine scopro che sei molto simile a me… :)Ma c'era già qualche sospetto.E non iniziare a dire, come faccio io, che vuoi chiudere il bltogQues.o è un posto troppo bello.;)

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