The more you know about the American educational system, the more you will benefit from it.
The United States does not have a single unified education system. Federal and state laws regulate the operation of educational institutions to an extent, but few laws govern the actual subject areas covered or educational goals at any given academic level.
Public education for children in America is extremely fragmented, and is usually under the control of local communities. Private education, including schools affiliated with religious organizations, has an even lower level of government oversight.
The American university system is not really a system at all, it is so diverse, encompassing private and public institutions, some operating for profit. Private corporations, rather than the government, administer a system of aptitude examinations for college entry, even to public universities. Specialized trade and technical schools fill an important need. For people whose main goal is the love of learning rather than the attainment of educational degrees, adult education centers exist in many communities.
The sections that follow in this “Life in the USA” chapter on education give a subject-by-subject overview of education in America at every important level.
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