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I'm sure their are some deeper, more complex sociological factors at play here and I'm not willing to dive into those at the moment. (The idea that educated people support their children more than less-educated people, and that this is a private school versus a public one so the parents want to see where their money is going both work in here I'm sure.) In the end, though, I think that education is simply valued more.
With the recent current events going on in the U.S. regarding education and the powers that be that fund and support it, it is an interesting topic to examine. (Those links in the previous sentence don't even cover Wisconsin!) I feel as though people in the U.S., parents specifically, say they value education, but in reality its like telling a four year old that Santa Claus is real; you almost have to say that. As the old adage goes: actions speak louder than words. Except for this Tampa Bay mother:
The truth is, other cultures value education more than the collective entity of the U.S. Ironically, high school graduates from all over the globe clammer for a chance to study at a U.S. university, despite the constant budget cutting and "what's the point?" news and rhetoric of those saying college is less about academics today than it is about socializing.
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But maybe it's "family" that is actually being valued here. In my ideal little world though, when your family is being schooled, there are some residual effects and, if one is valued, so is the other, even if by catalystic default. I don't think as many people in the U.S. would answer as quickly and adamantly that the "family" is held in high regard as they would claim "education" is.
Regardless, I have yet another reason to enjoy teaching internationally. When I sit with a student's family across the table from me - regardless of the meeting's tone - I feel respected for what I do on a daily basis. I feel valued.
NOTE: If I have presented the idea that, while teaching in the States, I felt under-valued or disrespected in any professional capacity, I did not. I am simply generalizing on the perceptive state of education in the U.S. from a now outside point of view.