Weak Points of the U.S. Educational System
There is a persistent myth that the U.S. educational system is one of the most advanced in the world. Indeed, in a selective system in public schools, a small amount of working material can give American children undisputed privileges. At the same time, a school curriculum, which has been practiced in schools for half a century, has a number of disadvantages. They cause obstacles for the school students on the way to getting high-quality education without any discomfort. In the U.S.A., there is a certain set of compulsory subjects, which all school students must take and pass the exams. Generally, a school curriculum includes mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and history. All other disciplines are free of choice, which are known as "optional." Therefore, there is no actual concept of a class. The list of students in mathematics is not the same as in photo design. On the one hand, this is complete freedom of creativity "I will choose whatever I want." Thus, a teenager of 14-16 years is free to determine what he or she would like to learn. On the other hand, young people of 14-16 are not quite ready to make an independent choice. It seems that children are happy not to suffer unpopular subjects. Generally, parents are the dissatisfied side. They understand that the so-called compulsory subjects, prescribed for all, do not give their children an amount of knowledge which should be enough even for the basic understanding of the course. For example, the chemistry course takes only one academic year.
There is no gradual transition from simple to complex, learned material is learned only once, i.e. there is no periodic repetition of the subjects. As a result, students have skipped between the courses. Training process is also based on the principle of freedom of creativity, both by teachers and school students. The teachers in the U.S. do not have a unified system of educational material and manuals. Unified textbooks are generally absent. The teacher has the right to choose the material that will be used in the class. From this point of view, there is a problem of stand-in. If the teacher is sick, a stand-in teacher usually gives the material, using his or her own textbook. Teachers do not consult with each other on this issue.
There are no educational manuals and instructions, so generally American school students have to prepare their training material, so to say, blindly. Moreover, as each teacher performs a training program on the basis of their own materials, the level of knowledge of one class can differ from the others in terms of the same subject.
Examinations and tests in schools generally demonstrate a complete lack of academic coherence. A child can get 2-3 exams for one day. Such course load is harmful for an adult, not to speak of the child.
Relationship between parents and teachers in U.S. schools is another up-to-date issue. Only a little amount of schools practice parents meetings. It's not the place where teachers discuss an individual child, they highlight common issues of the school curriculum.
Attempts to move the conversation to a more convenient time to talk to the teacher in an eye-to-eye way on the problems that a child has with a particular subject usually are met with the suspicion of the teachers or even apprehension. Such efforts generally are ended with phone conversation or phrases such as "Why do you need it now, after a quarter has ended?" How to establish a relationship over the phone is a big issue, whereas the conversation is almost blind. Sometimes teachers do not even keep in mind about whose child they speak to. It is not easy to remember when instead of the coordinated class system we have school students who study a particular subject.