Growing up in Ghana, West Africa, school was very different for me. The relationship between teacher and student was a lot more intimate and close knitted. Our teachers were basically our second parents and they were treated as such. This actually made education very competitive for us since we did not want to disappoint our teachers by getting bad grades. I remember studying weeks before a every big exam or test just so I could get a good grade and impress my teacher. This relationship was lost when I moved to the United States in September of 2012. The relationship was much more formal with the teachers and you would never really tell your teachers how life was going back home. I felt like in Ghana our instructors knew their students personally so they knew how to approach teaching a class so everyone was on the same page. Some even went as far as coming to their students homes to give them extra hours of school time.

It would be hard for Americas system to be like this because of the difference in culture. It works in Ghana because we’re a very open society and children are raised by the community not just their family. One thing that could be done that is similar to this is having one teacher teach the same group of individuals from first grade to maybe sixth grade. I feel like it will be very beneficial to the students development, both in intelligence and knowledge, if they grow alongside a teacher they have a good relationship with.

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  1. Hey Adam,
    This was a really cool blog post to read! I had the same teacher from 1st-2nd grade and I really think having the same teacher for a few years made my experience better because I was able to feel comfortable with my learning at a young age. I think it is wild how different your experience with education is as compared to the majority of your peers at college. American youth could really benefit from the United States building tight-knit communities such as the place you were born and raised in. Do you think it would be possible for teachers to work with students for multiple years, like you suggested? I think it would positively impact so many young minds!


    1. There are models for having teachers for multiple years even in the US. For example, in Montessori schools, students typically have the same teacher for grades 1-3 and 4-6. The classrooms are mixed as well, so every year the third graders move on to a new classroom and a new crop of first graders enter. I went to a Montessori school, so I had a much stronger connection with my teachers than most grade school students get.


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