Kirkwood High School student newspaper

Gabi Baker

Education Around the World

October 21, 2016

TKC interviewed students who have experienced different education systems from around the world to compare them to the American school system.

Pierre Der-Gazerian & Gaspard Cambon, juniors.

Marseille & Gannat, France

– In France, school starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

– Morning break is at 10 a.m. for 15 minutes, with another break at 3 p.m.

– During the break students may go outside and smoke or just hang out and talk.

– For Der-Gazerian, school is also on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

– Cambon has school from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays.

– Homework ranges from none to about two hours per night.

– Both Cambon and Der-Gazerian have around 2,000 students in their school.

– Cambon’s school has 3 to 18 year olds.

Nour Benlemlih, junior

Safi, Morocco

– Have to pay teachers for a good grade.

– Students from lower social classes only learn with lower classes, while higher classes learn with higher.

– Only wealthy people study multiple languages like French, English or Spanish.

– School starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.

– On average, Nour Benlemlih, junior has six to seven hours of homework each night.

– High schools have their own specialties of study: science, economics and math, for example.

– Some schools educate more students than they can hold at a time.

– Benlemlih’s school contains 1,000 students but teaches 500 at a time.

Erik Tuomiranta, junior

Kirkkonummi, Finland

– Students take different classes every month that they get to choose and they may also choose how many courses they take.

– Students need a certain amount of credits in specific classes before they graduate high school.

– One credit is equal to one month and students must take 75 different classes throughout high school.

– High school can range from two to five years depending on how long the student takes to attain credits.

– Tuomiranta’s school only allows second years to have a dance. During the dance, third year boys go on a trip to Sweden and drink because they are 18.



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