Education Is The Most Powerful Weapon Essay

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PSC 443 Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (“Top 10 Education Quotes) Education is a highly debated topic and many countries are in constant competition to be on top. Two countries who focus heavily on education are Japan and Germany. These two countries differ in a multitude of ways as to how they choose to educate their youth. In Germany, children age three to six can attend pre-school, however, pre-school is not free and kindergarten is not required. At six, schooling typically begins for most children when they attend Grundschule for four years. Grundschule is the equivalent of primary school and then leads to one of three categories of secondary school. Secondary school contains Hauptschule, Realschule, and Gymnasium, (German school system). In Japan, children go straight from pre-school, which is not required, to elementary school (Deutsche Industrie). On average, German students will spend five years at Hauptschule preparing to go to work in the real world. Once students complete their training, they can go to vocational school, begin working, or go to Berufsfachschule which is a full-time vocational school. Students who attend Realshule go for six years. Students typically receive a more vocationally-oriented education than students who attend Gymnasium. Gymnasium is eight to nine years and is intended to educate students so that they can go on to study at university (German school
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