Education: What They Teach Abroad

While many American students now show up ill-prepared or the rigors of college, their European counterparts fare better. Many U.S. universities often allow British and French students to enter as sophomores. Few Soviet students enter U.S. colleges as undergraduates, but the best Russian teen-agers are probably also better drilled in the basics. A look at school systems in the three countries:

FRANCE. French secondary education tends to be much more grueling than the U.S. version. Primary school ends at age eleven or twelve, when students enter a college d'en-seignement secondaire—roughly equivalent to a junior high school. During...

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