A comparison of education in Nicaragua and the U.S.

05/18/2011 | Education Week Teacher

An American writer who recently traveled to Nicaragua said there were distinct differences between the educational systems of the two countries. She writes that Nicaraguan schools are focused primarily on students' physiological needs -- meals and health. At one school, she reports that about 80% of students had basic reading skills, but the school day ended in early afternoon and there was little focus on literacy.

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