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French Education Vs American Education

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Hannah Martin

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French Education Vs American Education
Weird about Wednesday
Since the 19th century French kids have only had to go to school for 4 days each week, because of the theory that students should study catechism once a week. This will soon change for several French schools due to the latest boost in global educational competition.

Parents argue that this change in the weekly schedule interferes with music lessons and extracurricular activities scheduled on Wednesdays. They also say that it interferes with leisure time on Tuesday nights used for homework. Others say that it adds too much stress to the students lives.

Whether it makes the students lives easier or not this change will take effect when they start school this year.
Intro to France Education
Teachers and Students
The relationship between the student and teacher is strictly business. For example, here in the U.S, students might know if their teacher is married, has kids, grandchildren, etc. . .

The teacher wouldn't know of the student's extra curricular activites. So when a student may be too busy to finish something, the teacher wouldn't know. French students get an average of 10 hours of homework each night. That's way more than a student in the U.S, who may get 6.8 hours per week.
The French Classroom
Tests are more common than busywork.

Students aren't really required to do their 10 hours of homework since it isn't worth any points, but because the material will more than likely show up on the test, most do the homework they're assigned.

French education is also very formal. not yet. wanna make it and share it?
Whenever class begins and the teacher enters the room, all the students must stand and greet the teacher "Bonjour" and wait for a response to sit back down.
Public VS. Private Schooling
About 80% of French students are enrolled in the Public school system. The other 20% are enrolled in private schools. 90% of the private schools
Collége-middle school
For students aged 11-15, there are four levels. It's equivalent to the North American secondary education system. If they lean more towards general classes, they are expected to continue their education in traditional lycée (high school)

If they lean more towards technical classes, they're expected to take a Brevet test (a type of end of course generalized testing.)
Ecole Maternelle is meant for children 2 to 6. It's more than a playschool: it's meant to prepare children for primary school. Here, they start reading, writing, and for many, even foreign language.

The US and Frances educational systems are very different, but we believe that we can help improve our schools systems by making a few adjustments. Like, for example, we can imrove our nutrition values in our food by adding some fresh fruit or vegetables to our school lunches or maybe a choice of salad instead of hamburgers or pizza. We could even have four day weeks like the french use to do and have no school on Wednesdays because students would have more time on Tuesday nights to do their homework from Monday or Tuesday and the students involved in clubs or extra curricular activites would have Wednesday to participate in those types of organizations.
Ecole Premaire is typically for 6-11 year old children The subjects are similar to other countries, with Literacy, Numeracy, and a French class. But, they also have geography, the arts, and history.
Ecole Premaire
Elementary School
School Lunches
A traditional French school lunch usually includes a choice of salads, with smoked salmon and asparagus, paired with guinea fowl with roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables, plus washed-rind cheese with French bread and a dessert of strawberries or clafoutis. Which are served on heated plates with silverware, rather than plastic.
Ecole Maternelle and Creches
Preschool and Daycares
French students are required to buy a stylo plume, or fountain pen, when they first enter first grade. This is filled with a water based ink that is deposited on the paper with the force of gravity.

They are also required to buy a compas, or math compass, to make circles and arcs in math class and also squares to make right angles.
Le Baccalauréat
In the U.S, the curriculum includes Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, Music, and P.E. Children in the U.S typically don't start Geography until sometime during their secondary education
Daycares in the U.S. are mostly playschools. Parents may drop their kids off there while they're at work. Others are more like Preschools, they do some reading, learn ABC's, and a little writing.
In America, 90% of children go to Pubic School and 10% of children go to Private School. 55% of private schools are also Catholic.
Foriegn Language
French Students:
-All French students start taking an English class by 4th or 5th grade
-By the time students graduate, they've had about 5-7 years of English
-Around 8th grade, they take on a 3rd language e.g. German

American Students:
-Most American students take on a 2nd language such as Spanish or French in junior high or high school for college applications
-American students are generally given standardized tests like the SATs or ACTs as early as sixth grade and periodically throughout middle and high school, however, French students are given the choice to take the baccalauréat after completing all of their formal schooling, as a way to find out what they will do after lycée, or where they will go if higher education is their goal
-The exam is held only once a year and if you don't pass, you have to wait until the next year to take it again.
-It's impossible to fail in one subject & pass in others
-Majority of the exam is oral. A student will sit front of about 4 teachers that teach the same subject.
-The reason students spend so much studying for the exam is because you could be asked about anything.

Grading System
A: Excellent
S: Satisfactory
I: Fail
The french use a 20 point system when grading assignments. This chart was prepared by the Education department of the Embassy of France to help compare the French grading methods to the US. The french also use a 3 letter grading system seen below:
Public school is free and all children are required to be enrolled by the age of 6.
Works Cited

The educational systems of France and the United States are very different in several ways. As you watch this presentation, you will see just how different they are from school lunches, to how they grade assignments.
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