Fame: Being American in the English school system
Posted on January 14, 2009 by yankeebean
I was inspired by a comment made by Cinda on our About page. She’s moving to the UK with her 10 year old daughter and asked about the school system in the UK.
I lived in the UK for the equivalent of my Junior and Senior years of high school (or my A-Levels). I’m aware that my experience won’t be the same as that of a 10-year old little lady, but I thought I’d share some of my experiences anyway. After all, that’s what a blog is for, eh?
My overall memory of the English school system is:
It’s some seriously good learnin’
my English teachers crammed a lot of information into my brain. It’s the kind of thing that infuriated me at the time, but I look back on with a sense of accomplished whimsy. I studied the same 3 subjects for 2 straight years and I got A LOT out of it. One of my chosen subjects was music and getting an education in the UK really gave me an advantage when I returned to the States for college. Plus it sounded freakin’ cool on the ol’ resume…
Plus Madonna wanted to have her kids educated in England right? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
It’s like be a B or C-list celebrity
Everyone knows who you are because you’re ‘the American one’. Everyone knows your name and where you’re from. People watch you… not in a bad way, but they do. This can be either fantastic or horrible, depending on how you feel about ‘the spotlight’. I LOVED it, though… surprise surprise
I have never been so wonderfully and openly accepted so quickly
Dudes… the kids I met in England were SO AWESOME. I moved around a lot when I was a kid so I’m very familiar with the standard new-kid-at-school feeling. It could take months for American kids to pull their heads out of their clicks and say ‘hey’ to you. But my first day in my English school I was treated to a non-stop stream of people that came to introduce themselves and talk to me. Some kids immediately asked if I wanted to hang out that weekend, people helped me find classrooms, everyone was just outstanding…
If you’ve ever been the new kid, I don’t need to tell you that that is the best possible first-school-day of all time. Best ever…
Something to look forward to
I don’t know if any of this is helpful, but it’s what happened to me. I think ‘grown-ups’ are more stand-offish, but it’s not true for everyone (sometimes it just feels like it). And there are plenty of American people around if you need someone to lend an ear
For all my blogs, I do love it here… I really hope you will too!