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Despite a push in recent years to make the US education system more competitive and effective, foreign exchange students continue to view the American high school experience as much less stimulating, according to a study published by American Institutes for Research.

“You get this feeling that the kids from abroad come to the US, spend a year, they think that schooling is easy,” said Tom Loveless, a fellow with the Brown Center on Education Policy with the Brookings Institutions.

Some parents around the world like their children to concentrate solely on homework, in the American culture, many parents believe that playing sports makes one a well-rounded person – Martin Carnoy, professor at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.

While the findings appear to coroborate international student assesment tests, in which american schools trail behind many developed countries, some experts disputed the methodology and the underlying principles of Loveless’ study. “We do put more emphasis on sports, we do put more emphasis on other activities, it’s fun,” said Martin Carnoy, professor at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.

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