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there are distinct differences in indian and american education styles.in india...the hardship does not lie in content of the education but in
1) extreme competition....getting in a school or college is a struggle(there are parental interviews, donations, written/oral tests.....) and to survive you need to excel (get around 90%+ marks). being average just does not cut it....on the top of it education is typically very expensive(think private schools in US) which is a burden for most parents. most students start preparing for thier college life around 8th/9th grade. also unless you are an engineer or a doctor , you are effectively nobody or a failure for most part(unless you have an inheritance to fall back on or have by stroke of luck made it big in an unconventional proffession). this puts a tremendous pressure on students, there are often news of students trying to commit suicide when they fail (it was quite common in iits one of the top ranking engineering colleges in india......blame it on that idea of success drummed into them from birth and extreme stress).in us , the grading system and adding curves reduce the stress somehow(atleast you are not haggling over one mark)
2) corruption......in colleges a huge number of seats fall in reserved quota(an alien concept in american universities). when i was a student....there were thirty seats to get in masters in computers program....almost 18-20 of them were in reserved in some quota. there was an all india written competition for rest 10-12 seats. while most general candidates scored 90%+ in competition to be considered, the candidates from reserved quota's got in with -20% marks(the competition had negative marking).this should give you some idea how tough/unfair it is to get in a good education program.
3) the generalised program.....as you mentioned that you should mug the content to pass...unfortunately most students find that a hard prospect, there is therefore no growth and thinking out of box encouraged.also no spill over among different streams is allowed. in us universities you have the option of taking an accounting paper even if you are a science student (which gives you more generalised education). in india it is all about specialization. also geeks rule.....the only measure of success is your academic success and the job you get , little or no points are given to extracarricular activities(unlike in usa). my 3 year old nephew knows more academically than my five year old daughter. so you can imagine academic standard.
Joined: 02 May 2005
well i think to get by in life you need to be a well rounded person, and the US focuses on that more than india, in india its all about your academic achievement, not how well you play kabadi. (unless your sachin tendulkar playing cricket) your talent in extra curricular activities is always undermined, and some kids are much better at academics than extra curricular activities, and vise versa. The problem is that the percentage that are better in extra curricular activities do not make it to the top colleges in india that only look at grades and judge students based on what academic achievements they've made rather than how many cricket matches they've won.
My parents had sent me to india for studies from k-2nd grade, and when i came back to the U.S i had learned more academically than any other students in my class, but i lacked the "thinking outside of the box" quality, and wasnt very good when it came to non-academic things such as chorus and sports. I got much better later on (i'm the basketball team captain) but my point being that if a student from india who has graduated high school will easily get into college abroad, but if a student who has stayed their entire life abroad then they have minimal chances of getting into a good college in india. (unless they buy their way into the college)
Joined: 15 May 2005
Joined: 08 February 2005
I'm a little scared about high school now.
It's true that in India, they make you memorize everthing or almost everything, but I don't think you learn it. For example, cell division. In India you have to memorize the phases. But in USA, you memorize, draw, and learn what happens in each stage of cell division. You won't remember everything you memorize.
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