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ceitagh BS: Different Education Systems (18) RE: BS: Different Education Systems 02 Jun 00

Canada and the States have a pretty much equivalent educational system, with minor differences. In highschool, at least in the Ontario educational system, the classes are split into Basic, General, and Advanced streams, Basic being pretty much for the learning disadvantaged, General addressing a practical, trades oriented education, and Advanced taking in all the theoretical stuff. There's been some problems with this (taking anything but Advanced labels you as dumb, and theres been some complaint that it creates upper and lower 'classes' in the school) so they are changing the names to something else. Colleges and Universities mean something slightly difference in Canada too...Colleges generally offer shorter 2 or 3 year educations in applied trades, and have lower entrance requirements and different requirements when hiring teachers and such like. If you want to get your BA, MA, PhD etc, you have to go to a University. If you want to go to University, you have to have taken the Advanced stream in highschool.

Ontario is also the only province which still has a grade 13, which will be phased out in 4 years. Grade 13 courses are called Ontario Academic Credits, and cover a lot of the same material as a first year introductory University course. OAC's are all Advanced stream courses, and probably the most worth while courses in my highschool of course they'll be mostly cut out of the new curriculum.

Sorry for the treatise. :-)


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