Education: United States vs. Ukraine Essay

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Ganna Mikheleva ENG-101
Essay #1, Final 02-16-2012
Education: United States vs. Ukraine
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” * George Washington
There are 1.8 million people coming to the United States every year. According to U.S. census estimates, in 2006 there were 961,113 Americans of Ukrainian descent representing 0.33% of the American population. The Ukrainian population in the United States is thus the second largest outside the former Soviet Union. One of the reasons is that the education is more progressive and flexible, which makes it easier for people to attain their educational goals. In different countries and in different cultural environments, education has different forms,
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Grades 1 through 9 are collectively called Incomplete (General) Secondary Education, and grades 10 and 11 are called Complete Secondary education.
Three types of institutions also offer the upper secondary school curriculum: the general academic schools, the secondary vocational-technical schools and the specialized secondary school.
Regardless of the type of upper secondary training completed, Ukrainian students have the right to continue their education at a postsecondary institution. Applications are accepted from citizens who meet the following criteria: * students have completed secondary education; * for full-time study students must be under 35 years of age and there are no age limits for part-time or evening study; * students have passed a competitive entrance examination set by each institution of higher education.
There are three types of grading systems in Ukraine. Ordinarily universities used a traditional 5-point scale: "5" = "excellent", "4" = "good", "3" = "acceptable", "2" = "unacceptable". Since 2006, university students are graded on a rating scale of 0 to 100. These grades can be transformed to the 5-point scale approximately as follows: from 91 to 100 means "5", from 71 to 90 means "4", from 51 to 70 means "3", from 0 to 50 means "2". Both the rating scale and the 5-point scale are used in university registers at the present.
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