Hello there! I would love to help you out with some answers, but first, let me explain a bit about the person you are getting these answers from. (me).
I am 23, Male, and I was born and raised in Orlando FL. I have family that has been in the AirForce, family who works for NASA, and Family who work at Disney World. I currently work in the Medical Industry. Feel free to send me anymore questions if it will help you out. Here it goes,
I would like to know how American see France.
Growing up, I was always tought about the wonderful history America has had with France. France helped the United States gain its independance from Briton in our Revolution. We are tought that our Statue of Liberty has a twin that lives in france
. Generally in school, everything we learned about France was about our strong alliance, and how many people here in America today, had family come from France, or other parts of Europe at some point. We also learned alot about World War II in school, and the beach we stormed in France to help take it back from the German army.
-- The way I personally see France, is as a beautiful country, with breath taking landscapes foriegn to what I can see here in Florida. Not better, or worse, but definatly a different landscape. I think the culture is wonderful! I think the people are smart, and witty- however they do not have the best sportsmanship. I say this only because of the way the crowds will react, alot of the way I see people react during the french open would be Taboo in my family growing up. I grew up as a swimmer down here however, and did not get into tennis until I was 20. All in all though, I would expect to have a wonderful experiance if I traveled to France, and I would say that in the global community I give France more respect the 95% of the world. I also enjoyed the riots during the torch cerimony, it was nice to see other countries around the world standing up for Human Rights, something I think France is very strong for.
***** Compare real American's to shows like Gossip girl*****
Now- I am sure that if you look, you could meet people who believe they live in that kind of reality, but to be honest with you- I am 23, and its not like that. I even feel like I live in a very "happening" part of the world. People come to Orlando from all over the globe, and I am 2 blocks walking distance from the front gates of Universal Studios Orlando. Its just not that way however. Different people are into different things, and maybe under different financial circumstances it could be like that more easily for other people. Life is pretty normal for myself however. I work hard Monday- Friday, 9:30 - 6. I enjoy my work, and my job, which I think puts me a step above alot of people. I come home to my boyfriend, and my dog, and I spend time with them at home before going to sleep and starting the day over again. I will play tennis because it is free. =)I will watch tv, but outside of that, its nothing near as crazy as those scripted drama shows. Its more about making sure we have money for bills now a days.
*******American Education System********
You go Kindergarden- 5th grade in a primary school. This is how we teach kids to read and write, they begin to learn to write in script, and learn basic educational materials. Some basic history, and geography.
Then- 6-8th grade. This is in a secondary school, it is when you first have the oppertunity to have multiple teachers during the day. You definatly begin to learn more about the world, and culture, more about the english language, the orgin of our country, science. You take English, Math, Science and History as manditory classes, filled in with Gym for sports, and art or music.
9th- 12th.- This happens at your last public school. You are basically learning the rest of your essentials here. You have 4 years of English, I took 4 years of Math, but you only need to take 3, I took 4 years of History/ American Government and Economics/ World Geography and then 3 years of Science. This is a pretty good detail of that whole process, which seems like forever going through it, but now that I am done- I wrapped it up pretty quickly in this statement. =P
I have to go, I will continue this later. hope this much helps so far.