The French system of education better prepares its students for the real world than the American system. America’s No Child Left Behind Act does not prepare its students for the harsh realities in the working world that people are actually left behind. Most French students will have repeated at least one grade during the school career, whereas American students move on whether or not they are qualified for the following grade.
There are many similarities between French and English schools and school systems. The ways in which the educational process differ are spread out all across the spectrum, from how each system originated to the manner in which teachers are employed to federal education budget; the list of differences is a lengthy one.
At the most basic level, French education might seem superior to American education; the federal budget for French schooling is just under $83 billion (or 64.6 billion Euros) compared to America’s $69.4 billion. This might be one reason why, in France, the Ministry of National Education is the nation’s largest employer, one responsible for the jobs of every educator from the earliest levels of schooling to professors and researchers, whereas in America, local districts hire their own teachers and universities hire their own professors.
French schools are divided into four parts: Maternelle (kindergarten), École élémentaire (Primary school), Collège (Junior High), and Lycée (High school). In France, the grade numbers go down the further one goes. For example, sixth grade in French is called 6eme, but seventh grade is called 5eme, and so on until their final twelfth grade, which is referred to as Terminal. American schools are generally divided into three or four parts, counting up as one goes along: preschool and kindergarten, elementary school, junior high and high school. Some American facilities...