How International High School Students do in the US

Mitch Weisburgh, PILOTed, Sept 22, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

More commentary on the state of learning in the U.S. (it seems to be a theme these days). Mitch Weisburgh observes, "When my sisters and I were in high school, our family hosted kids from Sweden, France, and Chile. The students from these countries were not able to keep up with the honors classes at our high school and enrolled in easier classes. Today, it’s a completely different story. Virtually every AFS high school student comes to the US ahead of our kids in math, statistics, chemistry, physics, and biology; even ahead of our elite kids." On the other hand, he observes, American kids get more exposure to sports and culture, and are able to respond better to poorly defined problems and ambiguity.
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