After you have finished tenth grade in Norway you can decide if you want to continue to go to school or quit. Of course if you want a good job in the future it's smart to continue with school. If you choose to continue you start in eleventh grade and finish after your thirteenth year. After that you can apply to universities.
You also have a lot more freedom when you're in school in Norway. Probably because you chose to be there, and it's really up to you. For example, here your parents would have to call in if you're not going to school, and if you skip you get ASI's or detention. In Norway it's much simpler. If you're sick or maybe you just want to skip, you can just text your teacher and tell him/her that you're not coming. If you skip you won't get punished, because we don't have anything like ASI's or detentions. We probably don't because we chose to continue to go to school, so why would we skip? But it feels really good to have the freedom and to have your teachers treat you like an adult.
Another difference is that in Norway you can leave campus whenever you want to, and we are allowed to smoke on campus. In fact, you can ask the teachers for a cigarette and some might give you one.
Another great thing if you decide to continue to go to school in Norway is that you get paid every month by the government. We get paid when we're in eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth grade, and also if we choose to go to universities after that.
An American student would feel so much more free if they went to Norway for a school year. Based on my own experiences, I feel that you're being treated as kids here and that the adults don't trust you. You don't have as much freedom as you should have. It can be good in a way because you're staying focused on what you're supposed to focus on. But nonetheless, I like the Norwegian school system better because I feel more responsible.
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