27 Normal Facts About American Schools That Non-Americans Find Unusual


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Living in America is different compared to most countries in the world in more ways than one. The school system is one of the things that can be considered different. There are numerous facts and features about a typical school in America that foreigners consider to be unusual, curious, or even weird. The list below suggests such examples.

1. The teams

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Well, this is something that could really puzzle someone from Europe, for example. Many schools across the U.S. have such teams.

2. The balls

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This is a good question but it does not need a straight answer. The best way to reply would be “why not?” – after all, balls and dances bring people closer together.

3. The vending machines

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Americans would be puzzled that foreigners are puzzled about this. Sure enough, not student would be comfortable in a school with no vending machines.

4. The rivals

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Here is yet another difference that is worth mentioning. Well, there are many examples of how schools develop and are successful thanks to the rivalry with other schools.

5. The rope

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Many PE classes incorporate this exercise but not all of them. The schools with many different sports teams and cheerleaders incorporate it.

6. The principal

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It might not be the principal talking on the microphone but these announcements are a fast and easy way to let everyone know about something important.

7. The blocks

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Well, not all premises are as described by this person but we know what he means. Yes, these blocks are an easy way to organize the schooling processes.

8. The nurse

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Of course, there surely are schools out there without a medical cabinet but this is an absolute must and it can help save someone’s life in case of an emergency.

9. The parking lots

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We cannot imagine a high school not having a decent parking lot. As we all know, many students get to drive a car when they turn 16 and this is not so in Europe or Asia, for example.

10. The assignments 

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This is actually a key part of many school processes and we guess that it is the content that matters and not the number of words.

11. The term

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This person surely does not understand the term they are puzzled by. It is nothing but a reference to the first year of one’s journey in college, hence the term.

12. The pass

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It seems that this person has no idea about the ways in which these rules are set. We guess that schools in America really are that different.

13. The drama clubs

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Here is another brilliant thing about American schools. Drama acting classes are a thing that makes people think in a new and creative way, so it develops their skills while they have fun.

14. The meals

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This person is obviously not happy to have such memories but we need to explain that the majority of the schools across the world can only dream of having such meals for lunch.

15. The fountaints 

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We are pretty sure that not all schools have this feature but there are surely places where they have them and enjoy them, too.

16. The lunch

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Here is yet another person who thinks that these typical school lunches in most American schools are gross. They are not and they are something we have all experienced.

17. The milk carton

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This is something that we never actually realized before and the answer to this question would be hard. However, we guess that these cartons are there because milk is delicious and many kids like it.

18. The snow

 

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Well, here is a question that we simply don’t know the answer to. Maybe the reasons are related to safety precautions, who knows.

19. The cafeterias

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We cannot imagine a world where schools do not have cafeterias. This is one of the things we liked the most about our schools.

20. The tests

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Well, not every test looks like this but there were similar sheets back in the day and we actually liked filling them in.

21. The E

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We are not entirely sure why that is a fact but it is true – there is no E in the grading system typical for America.

22. The clubs 

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Now, this is one of the things that we do love about the American school system. Being a part of the club is nothing but beneficial – you get to do something you love, or develop a skill.

23. The buses

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One of the most American things we could think of is the yellow school bus. This is something so typical for the whole country that we consider it a part of the national culture.

24. The lockers

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We cannot believe that all the schools in the world don’t have this neat feature. Lockers are an amazing way to make students’ lives easier.

25. The start

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Well, this is not something that is up to us to decide and we guess that it is also a fact that everyone has accepted.

26. The meaning

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Here is yet another person who struggles to understand why college student years are not numbered but have separate specific words to be referred to.

27. The cheerleaders

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Here is one of the other typical American things many schools have. You cannot have any kind of major sports event without a cheerleader squad.


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