The top things said about American high school by foreign exchange students? “Easier classes, less homework and lots of sports.”
In a survey of 259 teen exchange students, well over half of them said that American schools are easier and spend less time on actual schoolwork. 44% actually say it’s “much less” time than their home schools, and 21% say “a little less” time was spent on actual schoolwork. Of the same group, 66% of them said that the difficulty is “much easier” than their home schools, and 24% of them say “a little easier.” That’s 90 percent of foreign exchange students that say American schools are easier than their home countries.
It was also revealed that sports in American schools tend to be more important than grades, and math as a subject was specifically stated. A foreign exchange student says that back home, math is more important than sports, but in America, it seems like success at sports is valued over test scores.
One 16-year-old Kenyan student says that American high school is “less demanding” than back in Kenya, saying the days are shorter, there’s less homework, and less subjects taught. He also went on to say that he enjoys his American weightlifting class, and sees fun in combining sports with school.
Check out some more information here, it’s a pretty interesting look into U.S. schools from outside eyes.