Saturday, March 1, 2014

You can’t have it both ways

Recently I had a discussion about the systems of education in Poland and in the USA, and I have to say Polish people, you can’t have it both ways. Your schools cannot at the same time be the best and the worst in the world. Here are just some of the opinions raised during the discussion:
The Polish school system teaches kids more than in the States.
But it doesn’t teach them how to solve problems.
It’s good that you sent your kids to a Polish school. They will have better math skills than in the US and learn foreign languages.
Let’s face it, Americans aren’t very clever (pointing out the fact that I thought Copernicus was Italian).
But you have to send your kids abroad for high school and/or university. You can’t get a good education in Poland.
Yes, they have to go to school in the US if they want to succeed in life.
American schools focus too much on sports and popularity.
My friend went to the US for a year as an exchange student and she was 3 years ahead of the other students. They made her repeat a year in Poland when she got back.
You can’t be sure about the teachers in Poland.
American students would never graduate from high school if they had to take an exam like Matura.

All above statements (agreeing and conflicting) were made by just two people. It appears that I am damned if I do and damned if I don’t. That’s too much stress for Mommy.
Time to drink more coffee.

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