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The typical American student spends in school six hours a day, five days a week, 180 days a year. In the United States, children begin to go to a nursery or kindergarten with four years or less, although most children start kindergarten age of five. Students attend the first primary school (first through sixth grade), and then high school. Lower secondary school - from the seventh to the ninth, seniors - from the tenth to the twelfth (for students aged 15 to 18 years).
Schools have begun to rebuild. Most states and school districts have adopted new, more stringent requirements for high school graduates. Many of the graduates of secondary schools require that they were four years of English, three-year course in mathematics, science and social studies, computer science course year and a half and nearly four years of a foreign language.
American schools give students something more than just education. School children learn about the world, participating in various school activities. More than 80 percent of all students participate in activities such as sports, school newspaper, drama club, discussion groups, choirs and orchestras.
What are the favorite sports among America's youth? According to the survey "The mood of American youth", is an American football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, tennis, football, boxing, ice hockey, track and field and golf.
At leisure, students spend a lot of time watching television. They also listen to music on the radio. The average American teenager listening to music on the radio about three hours a day. There is no doubt that the most popular among U.S. teens enjoys rock 'n' roll.
The youth of America is basically a hard worker. Many work after school. According to one survey, nine out of ten teenagers said they either already have a job, or they want to get it.
Child labor laws impose restrictions on the work that can perform adolescents under 16 years of age. Many young people work a few hours a day or on Saturdays and Sundays - in cafes and restaurants, sit with the children of neighbors, work errand or shops.
Many teens are involved in the work of organizations established in the community. Some are involved in the activities of the church and religious groups. Others are members of youth organizations such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts . So , about three million girls and young women between the ages of six and seventeen are the Girl Scouts . They get acquainted with the issues of citizenship, learning the craft and art, engaged in tourism and other activities outdoors. Thousands of young people volunteered to help care for the sick, the elderly and the disabled . A lot of help in improving the environment.
Most young Americans look to the future with hope and optimism. As noted in the survey "The mood of American youth," youth "give priority to their education and career. Although they are full of great hope for the future, they do not harbor false beliefs about what they should do for their dreams. They know what awaits them in front of hard work, and say they are ready to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve these goals. "