While the United States is the only country to have a nationalized education system, many other nations have very different approaches. Germany and the Netherlands, for example, allow students to attend private schools. Unlike the United States, most other countries also have nationalized exams and curricula. There are also differences between what students can expect to learn in school. The Netherlands and Germany both recruit teachers from the top 5-10 percent of university graduates.
The results of recent international league tables show that England is falling behind in several subjects, including Maths, English, and Science. In fact, there are many countries ahead of us in each area. Looking to other countries for inspiration is a good idea, but it’s important to remember that different countries have very different educational systems. No single factor can explain why one country is successful, while another fails. For example, a country with the highest level of education may have a much stricter curriculum than a country with lower standards.
The United States has one of the most competitive education systems in the world. Yet, despite having the most advanced education system in the world, American students consistently score below their peers in science and math. In fact, according to Business Insider, the United States ranked 48th in math and 24th in science, in 2017. The United States is the only country where home-educated children can go to school.