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Education System in United States and India

What is education Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world by Nelson Mandela. American and Indian education system have their own strengths and weaknesses. No one can claim that which one is better. Everyone has their own opinion about which education system would they prefer. The education system is responsible for redefining a human being is a good education system. The best examples of great personalities include scientists, journalists, doctors, engineers and manna other professionals who have been benefited by the education system.

The basic and most important differences between both education system is math. Indian schools start teaching mathematics like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in elementary school. It is given a lot of importance and is must for students who major science. Whereas in United States people are so flexible that a lot of students who major sciences in college do not opt for calculus in high school. In United States, students can choose classes in high school and colleges. They can change major midway through college, so students are more aware of the career. However, the downside is that students in the US can avoid taking courses which are hard. The American education system is designed in such a way that the teachers do not hurt the self esteem of students, so it is easy for students to pass a class. People are so frustrated about the fact that immigrants are taking over the countrys hi-tech jobs, but very few can understand the reasons why this is happening. However the flip side is that the Indian education system is very hard on kids and people completely ignore their feelings, opinion and ambitions. Kids from the age of 3 are pushed to study hard and non-performers are treated as dolts by parents and society. Students there are taught to memorize things, for example they learn multiplication tables in elementary school, but that does not allow students to think independently. In United States students are able to express themselves and their opinions from an early age. As a result, most Americans are way better in expressing and getting their point across as compared to people from other countries.

In America students are more outspoken and do well in class and even out side of class because they are more effective speakers. In India, students (individual) is not asked to stand up in front of the class and recite something, instead, the whole class recites together. This helps students to overcome their fear of public speaking. Individual speaking is only done with teacher during viva (oral exams), where students are asked questions about a particular subject. In the United States students are more self confident and are much better at public speaking. On the other hand students in India find it difficult to learn to speak up or express their opinion in public. Here in United States classroom discussion and asking questions is encouraged. But, in India, teachers expect you to treat them like God, if students upset them the have power to punish them. Each and every class in USA has a 20 – 30 children, where as in India there are 50 or more students in a class. Education is considered as the most important thing in India, less emphasis is given to on sports and extracurricular activities, but in United States, extra curricular activities hold equal importance.

Overall, whatever may be the fact lays undeniable that the education system in India and United States have vast differences.

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