The United States of America is a special place for many people. It is the land of highly qualified education and opportunities. Many people in the U.S. are immigrants who come here for educational purposes because they believe the schools are better.
Getting a good education is harder in some countries. “In most of the countries like India, education is tougher compared to the U.S.A.,” said Aamir Aktar a student of Montgomery College.
Amir said that learning things in India is from books only. In India students don’t get visual aids in class to help them understand the books, like hearing or watching some kind of subject related movies or music or authors reading books from a tape. These things are not common in India. Also there are no handouts or sheets of paper with questions which are related to classwork. They teach you according to your syllabus and they teach you straight from the book which you need to follow.
“Education is easier here because by seeing videotapes and hearing voices from the tapes, you know completely what is really going on in the class,” Aktar said.
In other countries, the situation in schools is similar to India. Some teachers from Oman recently came to the U.S. and to Blair High School to observe the schools. They are here through a program of the U.S. government called Fulbright Teacher Exchange. They talked about the difference in education between their country (Oman) with the schools in U.S. They said that they have facilities for the students to make learning more interesting, but can’t use them as much. “We have to finish our curriculum,” said Zahra Dawood one of the Oman teachers. The teachers added that if they do not finish teaching their curriculum, they would be in serious trouble.
The teachers from Oman believe that coming to U.S. for higher education is better. “We come here for the study of masters, doctorate degrees,” said Ibrahim Al Bahushi another teacher from Oman.
The situation is similar for some countries in Europe. According to Ms. Zompa, a teacher in Blair who used to teach in Bulgaria, students don’t get visual or creative kind of teachings. Ms. Zompa taught for two years at a Bulgarian math high school. “Most of their learning in English, focused only on reading, writing, nothing creative, and making direct translations of text with a dictionary,” said Ms, Zompa.
Many students who have had education in the U.S. and other countries appreciate classes that are more interesting. “What you learn here you analyze it and use it, but in my country it’s just lectures,” said senior Quynh Nguyen.