Week 12. The Module is empty, so I ll ramble on….

Global Education – not so global after all.

 

The definition of global education according to Wikipedia: “Prepares students to be global, interdependent citizens by developing a global consciousness which embraces “universal” values and pantheistic, earth-centered beliefs that supposedly will save the planet and unify its people.”

 

We hear it all the time: the words US education and global in the same sentence. But how global can the US High school education be if a US high school diploma does not even allow you to attend a German university.

 

In order to attend a German university, you have to the following options:

 

Full entry equivalent to Abitur officially needs either:

a)
– high school diploma (GPA > 3.0)
– full entry testing for foreigners
– Studienkolleg precursor courses in Germany

b)
– high school diploma (GPA > 3.0)
– 2 years college (50% credits for Bachelor)
– at least 5 different GE courses, 3 of them at 3rd level

c)
– high school diploma (GPA > 3.0)
– state-schooled for last 4 years
– SAT, minimum 1300 points in Math and Critical Reading

d)
– high school diploma (GPA > 3.0)
– SAT, minimum 1150 points
– 1 year college
– at least 5 different GE courses, 3 of them at 3rd level
– all 5 GE courses consecutively attended over full year

e)
– high school diploma (GPA > 3.0)
– state-schooled for last 4 years
– ACT, minimum 28 points composite score

f)
– high school diploma (GPA > 3.0)
– ACT, minimum 23 points composite score
– 1 year college with courses as in d)

g) [only for: Math, Medicine, Science, Pharmacy, Engineering]
– high school diploma (GPA > 3.0)
– AP Calculus AB or BC
– AP Biology or AP Chemistry or two half AP Physics C
– one of AP French / Spanish / Latin / German / English Literature / English Language and Composition
– one other AP

h) [only for: Humanities, Law, Social Studies, Business]
– high school diploma (GPA > 3.0)
– AP Calculus AB or BC or AP Biology or AP Chemistry or two half AP Physics C
– AP English Literature or AP English Language and Composition
– one of AP French / Spanish / Latin / German
– one other AP

i)
– high school diploma (GPA > 3.0)
– associate degree
– college as b)

 

 

 

It is very popular for Germans to do a study abroad for a year during high school. Exchange students from Germany are usually 15 or 16 years old and most of them are directly put into the senior year of an American High School. Students that have a B or C average in 10th grade in Germany come here and finish senior year with a 4.0 GPA.

I am not saying that Germans are smarter. Not at all. It is just that the education system is better – for all the reasons described in my general ed journal entry. The German gymnasium teaches more material in a shorter amount of time – in 10th grade the material is probably already outdoing senior year of high school. Because in Germany ‘we leave child behind’. I don’t be mean to sound snobby – I always say “Americans” accompanied with an eye roll. But I love America – otherwise I wouldn’t live here. I just like to complain – like the rest of society. Oh darn it, that was a complaint again.

 

So lets be more global.

 

 

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PhD Candidate at VT
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1 Response to Week 12. The Module is empty, so I ll ramble on….

  1. Anca says:

    Interesting comparison between Germany and US school system. I like the points you brought up into the discussion. It would be interesting to know how different is the German system from US in regards to academic integrity.

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