I tutor Polish high school kids in math, physics, biology and chemistry,
quote=Dommie B.]Polish secondary schools do not prepare students for American university, especially in Math and sciences. Emphasis, like other have said, is on rote learning, and not reasoning and problem solving. I tutor Polish high school kids in math, physics, biology and chemistry, and I'm appalled by how these subjects are taught in Polish schools.[/quote]
I went to a Jesuit prep school,
No Polish student would seek tutoring from you , if you have finished your education somwhere else except Poland with the language skills exception , of course .But mathand other science subjects , you must be kidding me .
Secondary school students in Poland possess , on average, much higher level of their knowledge consistent with the program (of course it depends on the individual person), than American students.
If we are talking about leaving exams in Polish high schools and extended levels of them which can give a student the opportunity to go to university I have to tell that the average child from school in the U.S. would not be able to cope with them ( especially in match , physics, chemistry or biology ).
I have got close friends who's parents have been diplomats for many years in the U.S.( so , as you can presume they have attended good schools there ) and when they returned, they went to Polish high schools , but to lower classes, because they could not cope with the level of the material contained in Polish schoolbooks and they have had problems with the learning system which required huge amount of homework . Then he went back to USA to study at a university (a good university - George Town), he was not admitted to any Polish university, because of lack of required points and now returned to Poland and can not find work. No one wants to hire him for this reason that employers complain that such education is not adequate to the Polish. And they don`t trust such qualifications
I am talking here and my previous posts about the Polish educational system, that is good enough and gives opportunities to help any student to study, not about pathology .
There is a lot of pathological families whose children follow the wrong path of life , like anywhere in the world , so this is not a prevailing situation in Poland .
However, when these expenditures strictly on science, which are at 0.06% of GDP, forecasts are not the best and Polish scientists will continue to flee from the Polish educational institutions , because the system does not allow for research, scientific publications and overall personal developement . As one poster mentioned , what scientist would stay here with salary about 2000 zł if he had got the opportunity to work abroad with salary 4 times higher .
It is Georgetown , of course .