COMPARISON OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM BETWEEN VIETNAM AND THE UNITED STATES

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Today, there are many students from Vietnam who want to study in a foreign country. Some of them go to Korea, Singapore which is near Vietnam. The other ones go to England, France, or the USA because they think these countries have a better education system than Vietnam. After they graduate from college or university in a foreign country, they'll have more opportunities to find a job. Why do they think so? The differences between the educational system of Vietnam and the United States will now be explored.

The first thing that is different is the structure of the education system. In Vietnam, the structure is 5-4-3; five years of elementary school (grades 1-5), followed by four years of secondary school (grades 6-9), and three years of high school (grades 10-12). Higher education programs last between two and six years. In the United States, the structure is 5-3-4. However, both the U.S students and Vietnamese students have the same thing; they have to study a total twelve years for basic education programs from grade one to grade twelve.

Since 1971, a 10 point grading system has been in use at all levels in Vietnam. The normal passing level is 5 and the official definition of grades are: 9-10:xuatsac (excellent), 7-8: kha (good), 5-6: trungbinh (average), less than 5:yeu (fail). However, some researchers show that most students in the world don't agree with that grading system. They think a 100 point grading system like in the United States is much better,

because the students would have more opportunities to get points on a test, and a teacher can easily grade for the students. For example, if a test has 10 questions, so each question will be 1/10 of the total points. In the U.S, you will get 10 points for that instead of only 1 point in Vietnam.

The other differences in Vietnamese schools and American schools are rules and policies for each school. In the United State, schools are very easy for the student. They do not have many rules that make...