The diverse curriculum has
been found particularly in the United States. The curriculum of American schools
reflects the local origins of 19th-century education. Each school has complete
control over its curriculum, though not over the textbooks used. There is no
official system of external examinations for the whole country. In the junior
schools the comprehensive curriculum prevails with social, recreational, and
vocational, as well as academic subjects.
The American school has
traditionally served all young people in one neighbourhood and aims to develop
local community awareness and to offer the acquisition of knowledge and skill in
all areas relevant to an adult citizen. The well-founded pragmatic tradition
discourages the more narrowly academic education of other countries.
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