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Nerf Gun! Long overdue mess that I still can't find time to clean up. Probably never will hahaha oh btw that's the good half of the shop. Haha smart kid. I'm pretty proud of her.

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  • margreet on March 6, 2012

    Thanks guys, I’ll keep on rambling than:) And thank you for the compliment on my English, Knah. I know it’s not bad, but it sure feels crippling sometimes. Makes me realize how hard it must be to live in a foreign country. Lacking words half the time and not being able to express yourself the way you could in your own language. Still, we get there and I love our conversations. Exchanging all sorts of stuff and improving on my English skills at the same time :)

  • knah on March 6, 2012

    I will never tell you to shut up, Margreet. I am always interested in your thoughts on pretty much any subject as I am fascinated by the differences and similarities of our countries. Your command of english is excellent.

  • knah re:margreet's toss on March 6, 2012

    I did read the article, Margreet. Education in the Netherlands is definitely different than the U. S.
    I feel sure that Emmeke will end up being a well-educated young woman no matter how the puzzle is assembled. I see that your educational system is very highly rated internationally and the required studies seem very thorough to me.

  • webulls on March 6, 2012

    Always good to hear from you:)

  • margreet on March 6, 2012

    Ow and pleasr tell me to shut up if you’re tired of this conversation. I’m very good at going on and on about things that nobody’s interested in. Also, I need a lot of words in English and still may miss the point. Sorry about that.

  • margreet on March 6, 2012

    Enough rambling on about my kid. Did you manage to read some of that article? It’s really a different approach. First of al because it’s very much a government thing over here, with standardized tests etc. And also because we divide kids over different schooltypes according to their learning abilities. Funny that I never realized that it could be done so differently. I see pro’s and con’s in both.

  • margreet on March 6, 2012

    Ah well, she’s still only 14 and has years of studies ahead. She’ll figure out what to do. As for German, we thought about that. Thing is, since she’s doing Gymnasium, English and Greek or Latin are compulsory. She has to choose between French and German as an extra language. She’s doing well in French and not so well in German. She could also take up both, but that would cost her other classes, such as history or geography. Things she might also need as a PM, haha! It’s one big jig saw :)

  • knah re:margreet's toss on March 5, 2012

    I wish Emmeke luck with her studies. It’s good to have goals. She may need that German if she becomes Prime Minister.

  • margreet re:margreet's toss on March 5, 2012

    Emmeke is a sponge, she likes everything at school except German.  She’s in class 3 (9th grade?) and needs to pick a so-called profile now: a cluster of subjects she’s going to graduate in. She’s considering a profile called ‘economics and society’ because she ‘s interested in politics a lot. She might keep some science classes just for fun. As for now, she wants to become prime minister of the Netherlands. We’ll see about that :)

  • knah re:margreet's toss on March 5, 2012

    I am reading the Education in the Netherlands article.

  • knah re:margreet's toss on March 5, 2012

    Emmeke does look very official and serious in her white lab coat. I’m sure you are proud of her. Has she decided what she wants to study after High School? Does she like science?

  • margreet re:webulls's toss on March 5, 2012

    It looks like a good place to be. What are you cookin’ in there, Webulls?

  • margreet re:margreet's toss on March 5, 2012

    I see Knah, and you’re right of course, there must be a lot of variety in education in the States. It’s sometimes hard to realize how big you guys are when one lives in a tiny country like mine:) You might need to know more about our schoolsystem to fully understand the reason for my question, though. It quite fundamentally differs from the way education is organized in the US, I guess. If you like, read this

  • margreet re:margreet's toss on March 5, 2012

    Thnx Sherain:)

  • SHERains re:margreet's toss on March 5, 2012

    That is really awesome :)

  • SHERains re:webulls's toss on March 5, 2012

    Really messy indeed! :D

  • SHERains re:knah's toss on March 5, 2012

    I want one! :D

  • knah re:margreet's toss on March 5, 2012

    Each of the states in the U. S. A. has a great deal of autonomy in how they educate their students but they are required by the Federal Government to address the needs of their student populations.

  • knah re:margreet's toss on March 5, 2012

    Education in the United States (as in all countries) is a large and varied subject. The ages of required education varies among the 50 states. There are public schools and private schools at all levels. There are classes in the public schools for academically, physically and mentally challenged children (usually called Special Education) and classes for advanced students (Gifted and Talented Education). Sometimes special students are segregated from other students and sometimes they are combined

  • margreet re:margreet's toss on March 5, 2012

    No wait, prepschool would be elementary school in your system, I think. And we don’t have something like junior high in between. When kids are 11/12 years old they go to highschool. After highschool it’s university or college. I was wondering, is there any differentiation in education for smarter/less smart kids in your system? Here we have different schooltypes for that. In other words, smarter kids go to other schools than less smart kids.

  • margreet re:margreet's toss on March 5, 2012

    Emmeke’s highschool held open house. I visited it with her younger sister, Anna, because Anna is in her last year of prepschool now. Emmeke was showing chromatography to the visiting kids. The white coat makes it look like serious business right? :)

  • knah re:knah's toss on March 5, 2012

    Everyone needs at least one Nerf Gun, hahaha!

  • knah re:margreet's toss on March 5, 2012

    What is she doing, Margreet?

  • knah re:webulls's toss on March 5, 2012

    Nice shop, Webulls!

  • margreet re:knah's toss on March 5, 2012

    Had I known you own one, I sure would have invited you! Haha!!