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Education > Student attitude > Find school boring: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

The percentage of students who find school boring may have less to do with the relative dullness of classroom instruction and/or teachers in a given country than with the degree to which students answering surveys feel free to give honest opinions. <p>However, since six of the top 10 countries in terms of students finding school boring are English-speaking, one could draw the conclusion that English-speaking people are easily bored, or that teachers in English-speaking countries are boring. <p>But a survey conducted by the U.K. Teacher Training Agency may hold the secret for that country, at least. Thirty percent of people entering the teaching profession are over 30. Nearly a quarter of the U.K.’s new math teachers who worked in a different profession before were either in banking or accountancy. One in six science teachers were either scientists or pharmacists. Fifteen percent of modern language teachers were previously in sales. (see http://education.guardian.co.uk/egweekly/story/0,5500,1402391,00.html)
DEFINITION: Percentage of students who do find school boring (2000).

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Ireland 67% 2000
2 United States 61% 2000
=3 Australia 60% 2000
=3 New Zealand 60% 2000
=3 Finland 60% 2000
=6 Sweden 58% 2000
=6 Norway 58% 2000
=6 Canada 58% 2000
=9 Italy 54% 2000
=9 United Kingdom 54% 2000
=11 Austria 49% 2000
=11 Germany 49% 2000
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 48.57% 2000
13 Belgium 46% 2000
14 Denmark 41% 2000
15 Switzerland 38% 2000
=16 Japan 32% 2000
=16 France 32% 2000

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The percentage of students who find school boring may have less to do with the relative dullness of classroom instruction and/or teachers in a given country than with the degree to which students answering surveys feel free to give honest opinions. <p>However, since six of the top 10 countries in terms of students finding school boring are English-speaking, one could draw the conclusion that English-speaking people are easily bored, or that teachers in English-speaking countries are boring. <p>But a survey conducted by the U.K. Teacher Training Agency may hold the secret for that country, at least. Thirty percent of people entering the teaching profession are over 30. Nearly a quarter of the U.K.’s new math teachers who worked in a different profession before were either in banking or accountancy. One in six science teachers were either scientists or pharmacists. Fifteen percent of modern language teachers were previously in sales. (see http://education.guardian.co.uk/egweekly/story/0,5500,1402391,00.html)

Posted on 15 Mar 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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