On Aadil Fahim’s first day of American high school, he found it a little strange and awkward that in between subjects, students crowd hallways and slam locker doors, moving from class to class as they leave their teachers behind.
In his hometown of New Delhi, India, students stay put and teachers move. The style means bare walls instead of the newspaper clippings and alma matter banners that personalize American classrooms, and the same small group of students often spend all their educational years together.
Noorliza Abdullah says it was the same at her school in Penang, Malaysia.
“It’s like day and night,” she said of how the high school experiences compare.