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Aja B.
  • Aja B.
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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 10 2013: Romania.

    There are of course issues to overcome unfortunately there are only a handful of people struggling to overcome these said issues. The Goverment is trying to raise the system to a survival level but there are just so many useless subjects that must be eliminated and so many issues about the curriculum to be solved at least in the lower classes.

    Children start school at the age of 6 the first grade is a new addition is meant to help them improve and prepare them for real curriculum. It merges the kindergarten with the actual school study process. There are 4 classes of lower gymnasium followed by another 4 of upper gymnasium and then highschool. After the 8 gymnasial grades there's a national exam taken by the pupils. At the end of 12th grade there's another one. The subjects here are awful since they haven't changed much in let's say 30-40 years. Most of the teachers got bored and they don't want to teach the same old crap every year. The changes so far have been less fortunate and they brought chaos rather than solving anything.

    College is a bit of a fresh air. I love it at least but there are issues as well, still rather archaic subjects. However the greatest loss is the lack of research programs. So far at a national level there are only for psychology it and some sort of technologies. however not near enough funds are granted for research and a lot of the potential is wasted. For the others you're paying your own research.

    The education is free up to college. The college system is half state founded half private. There are a lot of private universities but unfortunately those substandard. The educational system has a lot of potential but it is wasted due to the lack of long term plans. Honestly some of the decisions taken by the goverment are so rash that they appear to be taken at random. I've no links to prove my point just my experience so far. And that is presented above.
    Thank You!

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