Mohamed Melouk, a professor at University Mohamed V in Rabat spoke to our group about the ideal of education in Morocco. He outlined the following objectives for Moroccan Education:
• provide and knowledge and skills so Moroccans can access science and technology
• instill values: tolerance, human rights, democracy, and the culture of dialogue
• equip future generations with competencies and skills for job market- actively participate in development of country
• focus on the intellectual, moral, and developmental needs of the students
After looking at these standards, I was embarrassed that I didn’t even know the formal objectives of the U.S Department of education. So, I headed over to their website to check them out…
- Equal access to equal education for all students
- Support state and local school systems
- Encourage public and parental involvement in education
- Improve the usefulness of American education
I think these list of objectives effective illustrate the main difference between the American and Moroccan education systems: Morocco has a centrally controlled system of education; the U.S. has a federalist education system (Hey Shismaref students! Do you know what federalist means? If not, you must have a bad social studies teacher. :) Or, you haven’t finished Level 7 US yet…). Main control of education in America rests with the states.
Just for fun, I looked up the mission of Shishmaref School: to involve parents, teachers, the community, and students in helping students become responsible citizens.
That sounds more like the Moroccan Department of Education’s mission. Again, I think it’s because Shishmaref School controls the every day process for educating students, just like the Moroccan Department of Ecucation. The U.S. Department of Education does not control daily activities (at least, not directly), they support states and schools in their individual missions.