I have a few questions about the US educational system. I've found plenty of schools willing to enroll me and my non-existent children, and plenty talking about how excellent their curriculum is, but not these specific details. Most of them regard PE (physical Education) and RE (Religious Education) and Latin. Forgive my ignorance, I grew up in The Netherlands where I had to take PE, RE and narrowly missed having to take Latin in highschool (and regret all three - I wanted to do Latin!) and report cards.
1) I assume PE is mandatory in junior (and middle?) schools, is it also in high school?
2) I gather middle school is a relatively newer invention. Did they exist say...15 years ago? Common? Widespread?
3) Assuming a relatively smaller midwestern town, would all the pupils have the same PE teacher?
4) In high school, would PE be subdivided into different sports? Would different semesters/trimesters be focussed on specific sports?
5) for any teachers out there...how does grading for PE work? I never could figure that out. I want the teacher in this piece of fiction give MMC1 a bad grade for not doing a summersault even though he can - he's distracted by the girls.
6) is PE single gender or mixed boys and girls?
1) Is there such a thing as RE, or does that fall under separation of church and state? (bit confused there, some sites claim its different, but then you end up with evolution being taught in biology class?)
2) What religions bar the major Christian denominations would be taught in RE in the US? (if its not taught at all, please ignore this question).
3) To what level would it be taught? How detailed?
4) Failing having RE present
1) Is Latin taught at all pre-college?
2) Is Latin taught in any colleges? Many? Rare?
3) Could a student in say, pre-law take a latin class?
1)What is considered an average grade? (I grew up on percentiles)..A C? A B? and how many subjects are taught as an average at junior school and high school?
2) If a child was failing a grade, what would that grade be? Would the teacher send a note home, call the parents, wait for parent/teacher evening, not do anything? Is remedial class common?
3) When does a child get held back?
4) conversely, when is a teenager recommended for a scholarship?
5) are athletic scholarships/Pe scholarships based on a generality or a subsection of Pe (Ie, swimming, football etc?)
6) How many recommendations or teachers would need to recommend a child for a scholarship? What is the procedure?
Sorry for the sheer amount, I want to write a fic for a friend who has had a rough year and I dont' want to sound all too 'unamerican' and unfortunately the show is firmly set in the US.