Teachers are very important in the learning process. “Teachers are an extremely important facet of any society for a number of reasons and their role in society is both significant and valuable.” (READ Foundation) Both of school system I was in teachers are feared and well respected and students follow all instructions that any teacher articulates.
Teachers always urge students to keep their progress at school by advising them the path to correctness. In both of the school systems, when students become disrespectful and off task, the teachers are allowed to punish through detention or using some other methods. “A person who has been punished is not less inclined to behave in a given way; at best, he learns how to avoid punishment.” (B. F. Skinner) Though, sometimes the Ethiopia School System pass the limit in punishing students. It physically punishes students which are indeed a wrongful practice. Physically punishing students can lead students not to learn from their mistakes but to find a way for avoiding punishment or even retaliate and cause more conflict.
However, the American school culture does not allow teachers to physically punish kids and always conform to the school’s rules. Punishments like detention, suspension and calling parents have a little or no effect on the students but instruct them so that they tend not to do the wrong things. The Ethiopia School System’s severe punishment might endanger students into unrecoverable injuries that will have a long-lasting impact on their lives.The other most important part of the school systems are the classes. In Ethiopia, there are fourteen to sixteen classes per year.
Every year classes such as chemistry, biology, and physics must be taken every year since seventh grade. Every year, classes become challenging. In America, students take about seven to eight classes per year and an average school day is about eight hours excluding extracurricular activities. In Ethiopia, an average school day is about ten hours.
Both school systems teach a foreign language, physical education, and music. Ethiopian schools have behavior classes and religious classes. Ethiopian schools grade students’ behavior, work ethics, class responsibility, punctuality etc..on the report card. I believe that American schools should have behavior classes that teach students about respecting their elders.
This way student grows up being a respectful generation.Overall, in Ethiopia, school system dress code, teachers, and classes are important aspects that contribute to the growth of students and teach students to respect their teachers. Both American and Ethiopian schools have a different perspective on uniforms. Teachers in both school system use their own method to make students successful. Different type of classes in both systems are used to interest students and decided what they want to do in life. Even though both countries have differences and similarities, each country uses their culture to run the school system to the advantage of the students.