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For non-US TEDizens: Can you tell us about your country's education system?

This week's special on American TV, "TED Talks Education," focuses on problems in US schools.

So here's the place for non-Americans to share: What's an issue in your country's education system that you'd like to see a TED Talk about? Who would you ask to speak? Do you have any success stories to share?

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    May 9 2013: I'm a 17 year old college student from Scotland. There is allot of good and bad things about the education system in the UK.I will start with the good:

    1) You can leave school at 16. This was a God send to me for a number of reasons, which I will get to in a bit.
    2) There is a number of different ways to reach your gaols such as practical training courses where you may be in college a few days a week but in piratical training the rest of the time.
    3) Our education is free for the most part. All your education is paid for with no problem up until highers then after that you can go to a funding company who will pay your fees for you.
    4)There is allot of funding. If it wasn't for my education maintenance allowance which gives me £30 a week I probably wouldn't have been able to go to college and have an active lifestyle. I don't go out much but I do think the ability to leave the house at the weekends is important, which if it wasn't for my EMA I wouldn't have been able to do. Next year since I am moving on from the highers program and will be 18 I am getting a bursary and perhaps a student loan as I'm not sure the bursary will be enough and I don't know if I could handle a job on top of a full time course.

    Ok now the bad parts of the education system:

    1) Some schools have very little verity in their classes. This was once of the reasons I went to college so I could actually learn something useful and interesting.
    2) Secondary schools have students age 11 to 18. This causes older students to be treated as if they were children and I think really holds them back and it also means that younger students are exposed to drinking, sex and drugs much sooner than they might if they weren't in school with older teens.
    3) The way the new system means that some kids may leave school without any qualifications.
    4) You are only taught how to pass exams.

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