Growing up in a European country and never witnessing what it's like to go to an American school, watching American high school comedies, to me, has always been a pretty surreal experience. I'm sure that most of you fellow non-Americans reading this article could relate to me on this.

There are so many things about American schools that have always seemed utterly fascinating to me. For instance, you get letter grades instead of number ones, schools have swimming pools inside them, there's a club for almost anything, you have to get a hall pass to go to the bathroom during class, and lunch meals are usually pretty bizarre. The list goes on. With that being said, Bored Panda invites you to look through this list of tweets from non-American Twitter users in which they share things that they find the strangest about American schools. Feel free to explain to us the things we don't understand or add your own in the comment section!

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GC
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7 months ago

I don’t ever know what A levels etc. are. One of these days I need to look it up.

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konnarw1
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7 months ago (edited)

mine starts at 8:00 till 3:00

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Ms.M.
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7 months ago

1. Usually 2. Usually

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Jamziee
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7 months ago

Yes, because if you're in the hall without one, then you MUST be commiting murder (Sarcasm lads)

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Ms.M.
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7 months ago

It didn't when I was a kid, but it does for my children. I hate it.

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Michelle C
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7 months ago

Yep and we decorate them too!

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Eva Bryson
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7 months ago

Yes, don't you?

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Ms.M.
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7 months ago

That's always bugged me too.

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GlassHalfWay
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7 months ago

Yep, even a snowboard & skiing club in the Midwest.

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Juniper
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7 months ago

Wait, don't all schools have cafeterias? Where do you eat your lunch?

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Brett
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7 months ago

Yes sadly

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Aunt Messy
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7 months ago

Canadian here. They don't close schools in Canada unless it's been colder than -40C for three days in a row.

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Imtiredandiwannagotobed
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7 months ago

Because we put all our budget into our announcements and lockers

Potato o Doom
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7 months ago

and the military! :)

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Piper Perez
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7 months ago

When I was in elementary school wouldn’t eat the school lunches because I was terrified that the lunch ladies would poison me like in that one episode of Scooby Doo.

Dave P
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7 months ago

Because we dont have one single school, some have good food and some dont, depends on the district and school system

JessG
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7 months ago

Exactly this

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Gwenda Christenson
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7 months ago

because our public schools are drastically underfunded and the head of our department of education is a total waste

N G
Community Member
7 months ago

I have a secondary (related) question: are American students not trusted with actual plates and cutlery? Even in primary school our food was plated - the tray was a flat thing used to carry said plate, cutlery and drink to the table.

Biana Vacker
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7 months ago

we get plastic utensils

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JessG
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7 months ago

It’s food, and it’s edible. Some schools don’t even provide lunch. It may not be 100% healthy, or fancy, but it sometimes is the only decent meal a child might get. Most schools just don’t have the funding for nice, big meals, and that’s the government’s fault and sometimes the district itself.

CR Harvey
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7 months ago

FDA rules and lowest bidders equal crap food.

Sarah
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7 months ago

Because they're spending more money on the military and a space army than providing children with adequate food to keep them full during school.

Elizabeth Tunney
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5 months ago

Yup.. Mac and cheese somehow has meat, milk doesn’t even taste like milk

Brielle DeSenneville Freano
Community Member
5 months ago

i want sushiiiiiii not frozen cheese sandwiches.

bi panda
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5 months ago

My schools food is actually really good rn but I am it is also a school thaar does a lot of fundraising for feild trips and stuff so that could be y

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
7 months ago

Why I never bought my lunch at school! A nicely built PB&J was better than the cat food they generally served.

Keley Babs
Community Member
7 months ago

IE, we like to overlook how many countries in the world do things a lot better than us and think that we are best at everything even though we're feeding our public school children (for some is their only consistent meal in a day) processed chemical crap.

Keley Babs
Community Member
7 months ago

Because... 'MERICA!

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
7 months ago

Honestly depends on the school district & how much money they have - better district = better lunches.

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
7 months ago

When I was a kid back in the day, we had a cafeteria cook and they prepared all the meals on-site. Now they fix them in a central location and deliver them to the schools. They are all fast food as a result. My children's school lunches - and I would occasionally eat at their school to check - were appalling.

Kimberly Reetz
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7 months ago

They don’t. Lol.

Amanda Hunter
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7 months ago

They're terrible, my children got hooked on fast food at school.

Doris Bennett
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7 months ago

Verrrrry good question ... I've wondered that for eons!

lakitha tolbert
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7 months ago

Apparently we save a lot of pennies in America by defunding the school lunch programs and making sure kids get crappy food. Blame Reagan who began this by declaring that ketchup was a vegetable...

Patti Renwick Parrish
Community Member
7 months ago

because it is the same damn s**t.

Klaus Hargreeves
Community Member
7 months ago

I know right, America sucks

Ivana
Community Member
7 months ago

Lobby groups from food corporations. Make billions with their contacts and the money is always guaranteed by the government so it is a very safe and profitable business. Food is trash. I never once ate a school lunch, just skipped eating for my entire life.

Carol Lewis
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7 months ago

Lunch lady here. In ca we have a farm to table program that has us using fresh fruit and vegetables. We make different kinds of salads fresh every day. We try to make the healthiest food we can on the money we are given. Many things have changed in the last few years.

I Like Jelly
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7 months ago

You get a half cooked burger and pizza without cheese on Fridays. You get green beans or carrots on the side and milk that expires the day before. Prison.

Candice Lewis
Community Member
7 months ago

Because most states don't set aside enough of their budget for schools.

Emily Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

They have changed quite a bit since I've been there! Today kids get burgers and pizza. I remember meatloaf and stew.

Tyler Crawford
Community Member
7 months ago

Its sad

CatWoman312
Community Member
7 months ago

Because they don’t live in rich school districts

Benjamin Lensgraf
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7 months ago

Actually, prison meals look like school lunches...

Sean Ryan
Community Member
7 months ago

same companies that sell food stuff to prisons also sell the same stuff to the schools.

Orange
Community Member
7 months ago

how da hell do u know what prison meals look like??? WTF LMFAO

Horror Hero13
Community Member
7 months ago

Because School's in America are prisons, yes they help us learn but with the way things are going it's starting to become a prison.

Carson R Ibach
Community Member
7 months ago

uuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhh yeah

Blackheart
Community Member
7 months ago

School lunches are subsidized by the US government. We get the excess grown by farmers. Last year it was carrots and apples. We all turned into horses.

Collin Petrucci
Community Member
7 months ago

I eat out side wat do you mean?

Csaba Horvath
Community Member
7 months ago

Which school's luches does'nt kook like prison ones? :D

jevais
Community Member
7 months ago

The monies income taxes are used to wage wars and to send people on Mars. Schools are the l'est important agenda for the USA government and states. That's why there's still a vast part of the population living below the poverty level. Public schools are not the same from one neighborhood to another. Living in upper middle class neighborhoods your children will have a better education than if you are living in a slum.

First Name Last Name
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7 months ago

School meals in the US are similar in appearance to prison meals, but are actually fine

LJ Robinson
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7 months ago

Good question. If you find the answer, let me know.

An Co
Community Member
7 months ago

Because we have something called Republicans and local control of the school board. Local people being more concerned about $ than the health of the kids

Sophie McGregor
Community Member
7 months ago

In the UK we have water bottle refillers but not water fountains

konnarw1
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7 months ago

because school is a prison how would you adults know what its like lol

ArtistinResidence
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7 months ago

I guess because we also went to school. I would guess that it’s also because our students are very privileged in many cases and the ones who tend to complain about the food are the ones who have a lot of it and who have never gone hungry. Most schools provide decent lunches and many students who are poor have free breakfast and lunch. They don’t tend to be the ones who complain.

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Seth Linn
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7 months ago

Prison meals in America are actually better than the schools because the prisons are for profit and the schools are paid for with taxes.

Mi Shield
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7 months ago

Prison; Having a job that doesn't pay you, spending all of you time there, getting transported on buses, needing permission to do everything, high security. School; Working without pay, spending most of you time there, going there on buses, needing permission to do everything, moderate security.

Demetri
Community Member
7 months ago

School lunches are considered social programs, which the government views as evil socialism. They would rather used the budget as part of military spending.

JessG
Community Member
7 months ago

The government does not consider school lunch as socialist. Where the hell did you get that nonsense? But yes, schools are grossly underfunded mostly

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Harløw-Banditø
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7 months ago

My friend found a sunflower seed in her chicken nugget once. Nasty

HOT CHOCOLATE <3
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7 months ago

i looked up priso food. IT IS BETTER THAN SCHOOL FOOD OK BYE GUYS LEMME GO DO SOME CRIMES. (jkjkjkjkjk)

von Funnyname
Community Member
7 months ago

A lot of them have tall fences and guards too. You do the math.

Marnie
Community Member
7 months ago

People care about their luxeries more than their kids, that's why. How much money is spent on movies and video games and sports, etc. while kids are eating what would be considered poverty food 100 years ago but people just don't want to spend more.

Robin Childers
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7 months ago

Michelle Obama

Aunt Messy
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7 months ago

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Americans are cheap. The various school boards hire private companies to do cafeteria catering and they always pick the cheapest bid. The kids are eating garbage, but the schools think they're saving money.

Anthony Goldstein (female)
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7 months ago

Not all americans are cheap. Let's not play into stereotypes. The people who make these rules are power hungry money loving assholes, and we can't do anything about it. Most of us are very nice.

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GlassHalfWay
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7 months ago

Because a gallon would be too heavy on the lunch tray.

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Jamziee
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7 months ago

They aren't cool it sucks

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Brett
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7 months ago

I wish I had school lunch that good

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SimplySarcastic40
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7 months ago

Yep. ours was awesome!

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Eva Bryson
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7 months ago

Yes, teachers want you in class to learn, not loitering in the bathroom.

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SimplySarcastic40
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7 months ago

yep...at least in the suburbs because most of us start driving at 16

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Jamziee
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7 months ago

one word to answer this- ICE

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The Zooble
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7 months ago

To be very honest, I'm English and I usually do page count rather than word count

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konnarw1
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7 months ago

yeah i wondered this and are the woman stale or something lol

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angie but who cares
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7 months ago

my elementry did

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Jamziee
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7 months ago

No they force students to do it

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Caitlin Davenport
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7 months ago

So we aren't "distracted". Even rooms with windows usually had the blinds closed.

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Caitlin Davenport
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7 months ago

Not really. We have nearby schools we compete against in sports, but any rivalry is very light-hearted.

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SimplySarcastic40
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7 months ago

we had an apple machine...for $0.20 you got an apple.

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Brett
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7 months ago

The high school I’m going to does

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Caitlin Davenport
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7 months ago

We don't, dances are usually 4 times a year.

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Caitlin Davenport
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7 months ago

Yes

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konnarw1
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7 months ago

yeah sorry but you should move to america.(JK)

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Caitlin Davenport
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7 months ago

Candy was usually a very tiny part, if it was there at all. But it was the most exciting part!

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