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6 Reasons The Canadian School System Is 100 Times Better Than America's

For starters, just getting into school is 100 times easier in Canada.

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Growing up as a Canadian, I always observed the stark differences between my school and the schools I saw in movies and on television shows. I saw differences in everything from dress codes to cafeteria food, and even in the very existence of middle school.

Here are some key examples of how Canadian schools are not only different to America's, but also better. I know not all of these are applicable to every Canadian or American high school, but it's certainly true from my experience.

1. Dress codes

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The controversial topic of dress codes took the media by storm circa mid 2010s. I saw images of completely appropriate outfits with the caption "I got sent home in this."

I attend a Catholic high school, so uniform is required. However, we do have days that we can wear regular clothes, and we essentially don't have a dress code. Shorts can be as short as you please, spaghetti straps are okay and ripped jeans are the norm.

Regular, non-Catholic high schools here are the same way. As long as your genitalia isn't showing, you're good to go for the day!

Another thing I've heard about is kids getting in trouble for having unnaturally colored dyed hair. That is completely unheard of in Canada. I'm not sure what having colored hair or ripped jeans has to do with the quality of one's learning!

2. Middle school

It's not the same in every Canadian province, of course, but in Ontario, there is no "middle school." There's elementary school, which is attended from kindergarten to grade eight. There aren't typically lockers, and we definitely don't have a cafeteria.

For all eight years, you sit in the same desk in a single classroom with one teacher that teaches every subject. However, we do split the grades into age categories. This is done for no apparent reason, other than to make calling classes down to assemblies simpler. The category from grades one to three is called "juniors." From four to six, the group is called "seniors," and for grades seven and eight, it's called "intermediates."

3. Cafeteria food

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In elementary school, there is no cafeteria. We eat our lunch in our classrooms, right where we keep our books and school supplies.

In America, from what I've gathered, the cafeteria is typically stocked with free food for the students. I assume not all schools work like this. In my high school, we buy our food, probably like some American high schools. However, I can bet that our cafeteria food is somewhat better.

Judging from the pictures I've seen, our bootleg poutine sold for $4.75 CAD per serving must taste much better than what is served there.

4. SATs are unheard of

What are SATs? I've heard this term so many times, but have no clue what it means. From what I gather, it's a test you take in your senior year to determine your intelligence level. Your SAT score is then sent to universities to determine whether or not this one test was enough for you to get into a university.

5. Getting into University is much easier

America: You need to play four sports, be in two clubs, be the president of one of them, as well as student body president, have a single working parent, have a 4.0 average from your four years of high school and a 2300 SAT score.

Canada: Get a good enough mark for your program in your 12th grade courses.

6. Victory laps

I'm not sure if this was applicable in all Canadian high schools, but once upon a time, students were required to go to high school for five years. That has since changed, but because of this, students have the option to stay at high school for grade 13, or a "victory lap."

This doesn't mean you've failed, but perhaps you're not ready for University, or you decided to take extra courses.

All in all, both education systems are designed to help their students succeed. Although the debate about which is better is subjective, I personally believe that these six things make Canada's education system better.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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