Education system in the USA

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Education in the USA


It is not a secret that to serve their citizens and to help the country prosper all countries in the world without exception provide public education to children and teenagers. One of its main goals is to prepare students for productive citizenship, work and adult life. All this makes the notion of education universal; however, each country has its own system of education determined by its history, political system, culture, traditions and so on. So, in this work I want to represent the educational system of the USA and its peculiarities. In the first part of my research paper I am going to represent the historical outline and the structure of education in the USA in brief. In the second part I will point out and describe the main strong and weak points of the education in the United States. I would like to mention that I chose this topic, because education has always been a focus of intense debate in the USA and continues to be of utmost importance to the citizens of America.

In addition, since my dream has always been to study in the United Stated, I decided to do some research on this topic in order to get more knowledge about it and to learn the system's strong and weak sides.

Part 1

In this part of my paper I will represent in brief the origin and the history of education in the United States and the common structure of the educational system in the USA today.

Historical outline

The first steps towards public education in North America were taken by the Puritan settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, who believed that everyone should be able to read the Bible. They established the Boston Latin School, colonial America's first secondary school,