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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