We have now completed our school visits. Yesterday’s trip to Visser ‘t Hooft high school provided students with a glimpse into the “tracking” that takes place at this point in the Dutch educational system and they were able to compare notes with other students in small groups.
Today we spent the morning at a Christian (Protestant) elementary school. Unlike in the United States, religious schools are common and funded as part of the public education system. Students broke into pairs and spent time in classrooms ranging from our equivalent of kindergarten to 6th grade. (Fun fact about the Dutch education system: Unless they are “summer babies”, children start kindergarten on their actual birthdays. Rather than having a whole group of new kindergarteners in September, the new students trickle in over the course of the academic year.)
(Note the green, noise-cancelling “headphones” that some of the students use.)
Translation: Learning is nice.