While the question of how children will be starting off the school year on September 1st is a hot topic…
While the question of how children will be starting off the school year on September 1st is a hot topic at the moment in Poland, some American children have already hit the books. Surprising? It is for most Europeans.
The majority of European schools have a fixed date when school starts that is uniform for the entire country. But the U.S. is different since it’s made up of 50 states and so you might be thinking that back-to-school dates are just regulated by each state. Nope. Though American school start dates can be regulated by the state, they can also be chosen by a given region or school district. As a result, American children start school from as early as the end of July to as late as the second week of September.
But there are some similarities to be found. According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, school children in the south and southwestern U.S. usually start school earlier than their peers on the northeastern and northwestern seaboards.
If this isn’t enough of a culture shock, keep in mind that American children also have a different school day than most of their European peers. While most elementary schools start at around 9 am, most high schools start at 7 am! It looks like high schools really took “the early bird gets the worm” seriously!
There are several words in English that sound the same, but are spelled differently, yet none of them drive learners (and native speakers!) as crazy as “your” and “you’re”.