• Where did you go to kindergarten?
  • Where did you go to elementary school?
  • Where did you go to junior high school?
  • Where did you go to high school?
  • Did you go to college or university?
    • Where did you go?
    • What did you study?
    • How many years did you go?
    • Did you work while you went there?
  • Did you enjoy going to elementary school?
  • Does your country have middle schools?
    • What is the age that children begin school?
    • How old are students they when they graduate?
  • Did you go to a good high school?
  • What do you remember about your teachers?
    • Who was your favorite teacher?
    • What teacher impressed you the most?
    • Do you still stay in touch with your teachers?
    • Did you have any teachers you didn’t like?
  • How many students were in your high school?
  • Describe the students who attended your high school.
    • Did they have a good influence on you?
    • Did they make your childhood and teenage years harder or easier?
  • Were there cliques in your high school? Were there gangs?
  • Did you make friends in high school that you still keep in touch with?
  • What subjects were you good at?
  • What subjects were you bad at?
  • Did you study a foreign language in school? Was it taught well?
  • Do you know anyone who attended a private school? Do private schools offer higher quality education or are they just prestigious?
  • Did you attend college?
  • If you did, what made you decide to go to the college you did?
  • Was it a good school?
  • How many students attended it?
  • How many students were in your biggest class? How many in your smallest class? Did you prefer small classes or big classes?
  • Was it harder to study in college than in high school? How does college compare to high school? What advice would you give a high school student who is about to go to college?
  • What did you major in? Why did you choose the major you did?
  • Did you live in a dormitory while you went to college? Who were your roommates?
  • Does your country provide a good public school system?
  • Does your country have good public universities? If not, why do you think there is a lack of funding for education in your country?
  • What realistic changes would you make to your country’s attitude toward education?
  • What role do you think human capital plays in the development of countries?
  • How many years did you attend college?
  • Did you study abroad?
  • Do the elite in your country attend one or two universities?
  • Do elite universities help or harm your country?
  • Where do we learn the skills necessary to become a good student – in elementary, middle or high school?
  • What are the skills that separate good students from bad students?
  • Were good grades important to you?
  • Did teachers grade students fairly? Did you ever feel like you should have gotten a better grade then you did in a class?
  • Did you procrastinate studying? Did you ever pull an all nighter?
  • Did you study with other students?
  • Did classmates talk to each other much before or after class?
  • Did you skip class very often?
  • Do college professors give students syllabuses at the beginning of term? Were you clear on what professors expected of you?
  • Are college tuitions reasonable in your country? Is it easy to get scholarships or government grants?
  • Are there good colleges in your country?
  • Do many people in your country study abroad?
  • Are there any subjects you wanted to study but they weren’t available at your school?
  • Are women encouraged to pursue education?
  • Are straight-A students smarter than others or just better at memorizing things? Did you really learn in school or did you just memorize information and pass tests?
  • Do you know anyone who does not know how to read or write?
  • Do you think teachers are paid enough? Do you think teachers are well educated?
  • Do you think your teachers gave too much homework? How much homework should teachers assign students?
  • Did you ride a bus or walk to school?
  • Was school ever canceled for a day when you were a child?
  • Do you think it is easier to learn as a child or as an adult?
  • Is it difficult for people without a college education to get good jobs where you live?
  • Does education guarantee a good job?
  • What are the qualities of a good student?
  • What are the qualities of a good teacher?
  • Why do you think people become teachers?
  • How much free time does a high school student in your country have?
  • Do parents home-school their children in your country?
  • What do you think of home schooling?
  • Do you know anyone who was home schooled?
  • Do you wish you had been home schooled?
  • Are teachers the only ones qualified to teach children? What makes someone qualified to teach children?
  • Can parents influence their children’s schools? What can a parent do if he or she disapproves of a teacher’s decision?
  • Do children have a right to an education? Should education be free?
  • Does your country provide a good public school system?
  • What improvements does the school system need?
  • Do you think your country should spend more money on schools?
  • If a school gets more money, will the quality of education always improve?
  • What would happen if public schools were abolished? Could children still get an education?
  • Once you graduate from a university should you stop learning?
  • What are some ways a person can continue to learn?
  • Are college graduates smarter than people who did not go to college?
  • Would you ever vote for a politician who did not attend college?
  • Do the elite in your country attend only one or two universities? Do elite universities help or harm your country?
  • What realistic changes would you make to your country’s attitude toward education?
  • Why do students cheat during tests and exams? How do they cheat?
  • What is your attitude towards cheating? How should parents react? How should teachers react?
  • Where do we learn the skills necessary to become a good student – in elementary, middle or high school?
  • Should people go straight from school to a university, or do something different?
  • What is a “genius”?
  • Do teachers sometimes teach things that are not important?
  • Are there things your school does not teach that you think it should?
  • Are school uniforms good to have? Why or why not?
  • Would you ever want to learn a third language?
  • How important is curiosity in a student?
  • Can you teach someone who has no desire to learn?
  • What do you think about a gap year, is this something you would consider?
  • Should people go straight from school to University, or do something different?
  • Do you think it is necessary that there are windows in the classroom to provide for a proper learning atmosphere?
  • What do you wish your teachers understood about you?
  • Do you think a person can become a genius, or are they just born that way?
  • What do you consider to be a “smart” or “slow” person?
  • Are things your school teaches that you think are not important?
  • Are school uniforms good to have? Why/why not?
  • Do prefer school uniforms or casuals better?
  • Would you ever want to learn a third language? [To be “trilingual”]
  • What do you consider “hardworking” or ‘lazy”?
  • What is the role of schools in society?
  • Do you enjoy going to school? If so, why if not why?
  • What does your education mean to you?
  • What do you think the advantages and disadvantages of state and private schools are?
  • What would you do if you saw someone with a gun at school?
  • Are college tuitions reasonable?
  • Are foreign languages part of the curriculum? If so, which languages?
  • Are most schools coeducational in your country?
  • Are there any subjects/classes you wanted to study but they weren’t available at your school/college?
  • Do you have difficulty with school work?
  • Do you think teachers are paid enough?
  • Do you think your school is a good one? Why/why not?
  • Do you think your teachers give too much homework?
  • Do you think public speaking can improve your english?
  • How can we improve our classroom?
  • Why English is hard to learn at university level?
  • How do you travel to school?
  • How long must you go to college to get a degree?
  • How much is too much homework? How should the homework load be managed?
  • If you have not attended college, do you plan on doing so?
  • What are some good ways to learn English?
  • What are some important factors in determining which college to attend?
  • What classes would you take?
  • What do you study? What’s your major?
  • What is the average age of a high school graduate?
  • What is your favorite class?
  • What was (or is) your favorite subject? Why do you like it?
  • Who selects the college you will attend — you or your parents?
  • Why are you studying a foreign language?
  • Why is it helpful to learn a Second language ?
  • Why is it sometimes very difficult to speak another language?
  • Would you consider studying abroad?
  • Do parents home-school their children in your country?
    • What do you think of home-schooling?
    • Do you know anyone who was home-schooled?
  • Do you think that most parents influence what university their child will attend?
  • Once you graduate from a university should you stop learning?
    • What are some ways a person can continue to learn?
  • Which is more important, the essential skills in life you’ve learned to develop on your own or the artificial structure in college about the “real” life?
  • Which high schools and colleges are the best in your country?
  • Which high schools and colleges are not so good in your country?
  • We should not just prepare for life, but live it. Do you agree?
  • What kind of world do you think this would be if people never went to school?
  • Should education be free?
  • Do the elite in your country attend only one or two universities?
  • Do your children attend US schools? If so, how do their schools differ from those your children attended back home?
  • Does your country have good public universities? If not, why do you think there is a lack of funding for education in your country?
  • Why do students cheat during tests and exams?
  • How do they cheat?
  • What is your attitude towards cheating?
  • What are the dangers of cheating?
  • How should parents react?
  • How should teachers react?
  • What is the role of school and decision makers?
  • What skills separate good students from bad students?
  • Should people go straight from school to university, or do something different?
  • Do you think a person can become a genius, or are they just born that way?
  • Are things that your school teaches you that you think are not important?
  • Do prefer school uniforms or casuals clothes better?
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