How does UK education differ from US and how to make it better?
I don't know a lot about UK education, but what I've heard is that it's a lot better at going deeper on subjects than the education standard in the US. Here (US), especially in higher grades, it's all "a mile wide and an inch deep," and a lot of kids graduate knowing very well how to regurgitate information to pass tests -- and little else.
How to make it better? Perhaps a more flexible platform that allows teachers to tailor their teaching style to the kids they're teaching, as long as they still meet the same goals the government expects from them. I don't know if the UK has that problem, but in the US they're trying more and more to hand out what basically amounts to scripted teaching, which leaves teachers frustrated and the kids confused.
In short - no multiple choice questions and all finals (at college/university) are comprehensive. This would be a big subject to cover even in a 600 word hub.
EXCUSE ME! Make it better? British education is more superior to either American or even Canadian Education.
I don't know a whole lot about education in the UK, but kids there seem to be encouraged to specialize earlier than they are in US schools. Instead of taking general comprehensive tests like the ACT and SAT, they choose specific subjects in which they are examined, and they must do well on those subjects to major in them later at university.
As for higher education, Oxford and Cambridge at least use a tutorial system in which students meet one on one with a tutor in their discipline who regularly advises them, recommends readings and lectures, and assigns essays. This all culminates in a final comprehensive examination upon which success or failure depends.
I think that US colleges could do better preparing students for the workforce by teaching them to network, providing contacts with successful alumni whose interests are aligned with their own, and exposing them to career options compatible with their majors early on instead of waiting for senior year. Writing skills are also something that many students seem to graduate without, and those should be emphasized more strongly both in high school and college.
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