This essay stresses that schools in America and China utilize high stake tests and tracking systems though their uses differs greatly. In china, they are administered at year end to determine whether a student has gotten enough skills that would enable them continue to the next level. In America however, the tests are used to separate below average students from the better performing ones. Racially identifiable groups end up being the victims of these tests. This has resulted in negative academic outcomes and reduced interest in schools especially among African American students who often feel segregated and victimized. The teaching system in America is more individual based and places a lot of importance in maintaining the self-esteem of students. A student who may not perform well in a certain subject is separated from the rest of the class instead of being aided to catch up with the rest of the class. This makes the student believe that he is not good at learning certain subjects leading to worse academic performances.
This paper makes a conclusion that given the pros and cons of the American education system, the system still seems to be a preferred choice for many. While America has some of the world’s best learning institutions, the education system still needs some improvements. Comparing and contrasting the American system with other systems helps in identifying and addressing some of the system’s inadequacies.