Pledge of Allegiance recited and interpreted by John Wayne, an “American icon”
The original pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, but words “under God” added in 1954
It is mandatory to say pledge of allegiance in all public schools, saluting the flag with hand over heart
beacon: something that illuminates or inspires
wield: to command, manage or handle
forge: to form, produce, shape
hinder: to stop or prevent
DISCUSSION: What do you think of the Pledge of Allegiance? Do you think it is a good idea? How would you feel if they required something similar in Spain?
General stages of school
Pre-school- ages 3-5
Elementary school (Primary school)- Kindergarten through 5 th grade, ages 5-10
Middle school- 6 th through 8 th grade, ages 11-13
High school (Secondary School)- 9 th through 12 th grade, ages 14-18: students take a wide variety of required subjects, including Math, Science, English, Social Sciences, Physical Education, Foreign Language, Health
Students don’t need to choose one specific area of study, but can choose “Electives,” which are classes geared towards specific subjects (another language, social science, art, music, etc)
Colleges/Universities- ages 18-22
Masters, Law School, Business School, PhD (doctorate)
Private school—varies by age, grades offered, religious affiliation, college prep
Homeschooling (1.5 million children, about 3% of children)
Homeschooling Video http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =2sPnUoEbL6E
Socialization: stereotypes as “social misfits”
Tests, college preparation
Not exposed to peer pressure, bullying
More exposure to “real world” and not school environment
Is socialization in school always a good thing?
Despite the evidence, many are still opposed to homeschooling
High School: The Senior Prom
Formal dance at the end of the school year
Limousines, fancy dresses
Dangers: Underage drinking, drinking and driving
Corsage & boutonniere
Colleges & Universities
There are 4,352 colleges, universities, and junior colleges in the country
Range from public to private to religiously-affiliated
4-year programs to attain a bachelor’s degree
Community colleges for an Associate’s degree (2 years)
In 2009, a record high of 40% of 18-24 year olds were enrolled in college.
Only 8.9 percent of students ever receive postgraduate degrees, and most, after obtaining their bachelor's degree, go directly to work
Declaring a “major”
Many Americans do not decide what they want to study until their first or second year in college (age 18 or 19)
In the U.S., having a certain major does not necessarily mean that is what your career will be. For example, you can get your degree in Biology, then go to law school to become a lawyer. Or you can get a degree in Political Science and then go to medical school and become a doctor, as long as you take the required courses.
University tuition costs
Public four-year colleges charge, on average, $7,020 (5,000 Euros) per year in tuition and fees for students who live in their state. The average price for full-time out-of-state students at these institutions is $11,528 (8,000 Euros).
Private four-year colleges charge, on average, $26,273 (19,000 Euros) per year in tuition and fees. (**doesn’t include housing, books, food, etc!**)
My university costs approximately $50,000 per year (36,000 Euros)= $200,000 (144,000 Euros) for four years!!!
How students pay
The majority of students (70%) lack the financial resources to pay for college
Loans- Federal and private
Scholarships- need-based or merit-based
Many students graduate with a lot of debt, average of $24,000 (17,000 Euros)
Compare and Contrast with Spain
Get into groups to discuss the differences and similarities between U.S. education and Spanish education.
Each group has to come up with 5 things that are similar and/or different in Spain.
Groups can also give other interesting facts about Spanish education.
Present to the rest of the class.
• Do you think that studying in a different country is
important? What are the benefits and/or downfalls?
• Do you think Spain has a good education system? Why
or why not?
• Do you think that religion should be affiliated with
education systems? Why or why not?
• Do you think that getting a university degree is
important? Why or why not?
• Do you think university should be free? Why or why not?
If it was free, would there be implications to the quality of