Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Bubble

If moving from school to school has taught me anything, it's that every "American" school has an Americanized bubble that provides it's students with no preparation for the real world. I've found that to be the case in these last two schools I've attended.
In Austria, we had our American school where everyone was supposed to conform to a culture that was so opposite from the cultures that they would encounter outside of school. It did not prepare it's students in a social sense to interact appropriately with people from the outside world.
In international schools in general, the students are not prepared for adult life. For example, I can see how a "home economics" class or a lecture on taxes would be extremely beneficial in the long run. In our school environment, where the administration tries their hardest to promote a sense of equality among the students, some of us are coddled into believing that the real world is fair and forgiving. To break this tradition, we should initiate more programs that will teach us valuable skills in the real world.

Victoria Arroyave (12th)

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