I am 15 years old and will soon start my first year of IB at EMIS, Israel. Even though I may be too young to study abroad and go far away from my family, everyone thought that was the best option for me. Albanian parents do everything in order to get their children to study abroad. Even if the schools are expensive they try their hardest to find the money by borrowing it, to send their children outside. Schools in Albania are not made to teach, they are made to gain money so most of them are just busineness opened for personal profit. The teachers are mostly uneducated or not updated with the latest informations and the students are forced to learn like robots. Since at a young age we are obliged to learn up to 15 subjects and get maximum grades at all. To get the maximum grades at 15 subjects you have to give up on a lot of things such as sleep or your social life. We depend only on theory and never make practice. I finished my first year of high school at the best private school in my area. The conditions were very bad, we never practiced anything on sciences and if we weren't perfect in every subject we faced a lot of pressure. We never learned anything by logic,simply by memorising the books. And at the end, the national exams were bought and people who had studied much less than us, got into better places and classes. Albania is losing its youth because people aren't seeing any profit of graduating here.
Jul 21, 2018
Greetings, fellow Ambassadors, As we know, the July 2018 topic for the Roundtable Discussion is Education Funding. I recently came across this extremely informative resource about education funding. The resource explores how funding has changed over time, and provides statistical data in understanding the changes made over the local, state, and federal level in the USA. Article: http://apps.urban.org/features/education-funding-trends/ As mentioned on their website, the data they they collected "measured the progressivity of school funding as the ratio of two weighted averages of each district’s per-student revenue: (1) weights are the number of poor students; and (2) weights are the number of nonpoor students. For example, an estimate of 1.1 would imply that, on average, poor students attend districts that receive 10 percent more in per-student funding than the districts nonpoor students attend. " (source: http://apps.urban.org/features/education-funding-trends/) What do you all feel about this article and the information put forward by them? Ambassadors belonging to other nationalities, how does education funding work in your country? Could you please share your insights, or any other resources or articles you find valuable? Thank you so much for all your inputs!