Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Required School Days

There has always been reports that students in the United States attend school fewer days than foreign students.  Here is what my research found:

In Weeks:
United States attends classes 36 weeks a year.
Japan  attends classes 35 weeks a year.
France attends classes 35 weeks a year.
Germany attends classes 39 weeks a year.
Switzerland attends 38 weeks a year.
Mexico attends 42 weeks a year.

In Days:
United States attends an average of 180 days.
Japan attends 210 days.
France attends 180 days.
Germany attends 220 days. (Some are 1/2 days)
Switzerland attends 180 days.
Mexico attends 200 days.

(Although considered a full day, some of these countries actually schedule 1/2 days.)

In Hours:
United States attends an average of 30 hours a week.
Japan attends approximately 28 hours a week, but varies with grade level.
France attends approximately 24 hours a week, but varies with grade level.
Germany attends approximately 20 hours a week.
Switzerland unable to determine because classes are college style, meaning no harmonised beginning and end time.
Mexico attends 20 hours a week.

Tomorrow we will  look at curriculum.
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