By: Kendra Meyers. Daniel King,& Joshua Shackelford
You may sit through the school day staring at the clock the whole day, but have you ever thought that around the world all schools are different. Some even have longer days. Our group researched how Austrillan schools are different from the U.S. Probably your first thought is that it's like the US, but that's not exactly true. We focused on the difference in technology use, the basic school education, and the dress code.
One of the differences between Australia and the U.S. is the technology. Children in Australia don't have enough technology in schools. As an average, the students have about six computers in the room. "Austrailia is making technology advancements and is expected to raise the level of technology to tablets and more computers"(Stager). Once the technology is made the Australian schools are predicted to improve in technology. After the technology is made the academic level in Australia which is high now, is expected to become even better. Americans have the advantage of having more technology because our schools are more privileged with more money going towards technology. Such as, at our school everyone is 8th trade gets there own iPad and at the high school 2 grades get MacBooks. In conclusion, Australia doesn't have as much technology as the U.S. which can lead to problems because technology can advance your learning.
The next comparison between the U.S. and Australia is the different types of schools. There are three types of schools Primary school, Secondary school, and Senior secondary school. Primary schools are seven to eight years and start at kinderguarden. Secondary schools start at year seven and go to ten. Senior secondary goes from year eleven to twelve. To get into the next school you have to take an exam. When you graduate Senior secondary you go on to a specialized college that fits your career choice. Schools in Austrailia have a fantastic learning plan that fits the kids learning. That's why they are number two in the world for learning. For the U.S. though it's different. We mainly have three schools, Elementary which is grades kindergarten to fifth grade, Middle school which is sixth grade to eight, and high school which is freshman to senior year. Many schools are different per grades though. Such as, at our school which is grades seventh to eight. All schools are even all students in the U.S. In conclusion, Australian schools and U.S. schools are very different in who attends and the grade levels.
In the U.S., most public schools are required to have a dress code and the private schools require a school uniform that consists of either dress clothes like a polo or a same uniform with the school label. For the dress code, you usually can't wear inappropriate clothes or must have finger-tip length shorts, but the rules are not strict. Most schools is Austrilla do require a stricter dress code or more often school uniforms. For boys, the uniforms generally include a button-up shirt together with either short trousers or long trousers, usually in grey. Different schools let the boys wear shorts, but only the younger boys can. For girls, they usually wear a skirt during wet and winter weather.For warmer weather it's most common for them to wear checkered like dresses. It is also most common for students in their final year of primary school or secondary school to have their own hoodie/jumper to denote their final-year as a student. All in all, Australian's dress code is more strict than the U.S.
For the past few weeks, we have been learning about different schools, how we can help schools become better, and the differences between schools. After learning about Austrilla, we get a better picture of how schools work around the world and differ by where they live. Hopefully, in the future every school around the world will have a great education, but still have it's differences.
Australian Education System