Right you are. The British system is simply more rigorous. I would only advocate an American school if the youngster in question had been continuously attending American schools; making transitions from one system to another is time-consuming and can often end in failure."horacew2006" said:That's probably true about SATs. Schools like Saint Andrews are more geared to the British system however the overall education is likely to be more academic at SA. Lincoln is also known to be outrageously expensive.
Inner city schools in Britain are suffering the same problems as their counterparts in the US, i.e. too many non-whites, and the student population itself drawn from the most economically deprived and unruly elements of society. A teacher works as an animal tamer in such places, hence the low morale and high turnover."horacew2006" said:Not all schools in the US are bad any more than all schools in the UK are good. In fact, the UK is experiencing some of the same problems as the US, especially in the inner city schools. A shortage of teachers has actually caused the British state schools to recruit teachers in the US. There is truth, though, that there has been a dumbing down in the US. Still some of the suburban schools are very good in the US and the better private schools are outstanding.
Sure. My brothers and I attended such schools ourselves (about 30 years ago). They serve the offspring of diplomats, military personnel, and mid-ranking corporate executives, i.e. the very people who would send their children to suburban public schools in the United States.Lincoln is technically a private school but it operates as though it were a public school. The teachers are mostly drawn from public schools as are the administrators. In speaking to students and parents associated with the school I've got the the distinct impression that the school does not have a private school academic atmosphere or the ethos of a private school. It serves a wealthy expat community who normally send their kids to suburban public schools.