S: Across the World, But Not Too Different
BC: The End
FC: Across the World, But Not Too Different
1: This tells the different stories of an average American teenagers, Layla Abi-Falah and two teenagers across the world in Lebanon: Salam Nasr and Yasmine ("SuSu") Nasr
2: Layla Abi-Falah Age: 16 High School: Douglas Southall Freeman High School Richmond, VA, USA
3: My family is made up of four people: my mom, dad, sister and me. We are a middle class family. | I live in the suburbs of Henrico County on the outskirts of Richmond. I live in a quiet neighborhood in a tri-level home with a lot of open space and safe streets, as it is located next to Jackson Davis Elementary School.
4: I have been very fortunate to attend top notch schools in my life due to my parent's encouragement of a strong work ethic. I attend the Leadership Center at Freeman High School. When the Center first opened, their was a higher ratio of boys than girls. However today, there is a substantial amount of girls over boys. | This shows how America has become more accepting of women in leadership roles and encouraging the preparing of female and males in leadership roles. In 2003, for example, women had a higher rate of finishing high school (85 percent for women and only 84 percent for men).
5: On average, 72 % of female students graduate from high school compared to only 65% of male students. As such, more women go on to college making up 57% of the college population.
6: In America, schools have been making huge strides to bringing technology to their students. In 2005, 94% of public school instructional rooms had Internet access, compared with 3 percent in 1994. In Henrico Country, middle and high school students are provided laptops. | In Virginia, most schools don't begin teaching foreign languages until 7 or even 8 grade. Students only need to take a total of 3 years of a foreign language at Freeman High School to get a diploma.
7: In the U.S. going to college has increased for men and women. The women experienced an increase of nearly 7% in receiving a bachelor's degree in the past decade, reaching 26%, while men experienced an increase of 4%, reaching 29%
8: Sports (either individual or team) have the widest participation, involving about 42% of seniors, followed by performing arts and academic clubs. Honor societies, publications, and student government, have 16 to 18%of seniors.
9: Most students in America are pressured to take part in extracurricular activities like sports, plays, musical lessons, clobs like forensics or debate, or even science projects to show they are well rounded. These activities help their odds into getting into college.
10: An average school day schedule looks like this: WAKE UP at 6:30 A.M. CLUB MEETING (FRENCH CLUB & HISTORY CLUB) from 8:00-8:45 A.M. SCHOOL from 8:45-3:45 P.M. PLAY PRACTICE from 4:00-700 P.M. (THURS) VIOLIN from 4:00-4:30 P.M. (THURS EVNING) 7:00-8:00 MGA MEETING at YMCA (TUES) FORENSICS CLUB from 4:00-4:30 P.M. HOMEWORK from 7:00-12:00 A.M. | An average weekend schedule looks like this: WAKE UP at 8:30 A.M. HOMEWORK throughout the day VOLUNTEERING from 1:00-5:00 P.M. (CMoR) or 12:00-2:00 P.M.(Nursing Home) PARTY/HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS/WATCH MOVIE WITH SISTER from 7:00-11:00 P.M.
11: The | These are pictures of a bake sale the Leadership kids put on last year to raise money for the Walk for Sudan.
12: In the summer months, I enjoy hiking and jogging with my cousins. | As a family, we love to watch tennis and go see matches in the summer together.
13: During the school year, I stick to soccer. Before I stuck with soccer in seventh grade, I played basketball for 4 years, tennis for 2 months, and soccer for a year previously. | The most popular sport among females is soccer, then track and field. For both sexes, basketball has the most participants followed by track & field, baseball/softball, soccer, and cross-country. Wrestling is the sixth most popular sport for boys, while volleyball is the third most popular sport for girls. Today, almost 3 million girls participate in high school sports in the United States (1 in 3). According to most recent statistics, National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I student bodies were, on average, 54 % female, while athletic programs were 45 % female.
14: As a high schooler, friends are extremely important to both boys and girls.
15: Weekends and Friday nights are devoted to spending time with friends.
16: American youth like to watch movies at home but also go out. Shopping and bowling are such activities they enjoy. Also, going out to lunch or dinner with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday or before a football game is also common.
18: Since the beginning of time women have been trusted with domestic work including cooking, cleaning, and taking care of children. Mothers are supposed to teach their daughters such tasks. Therefore, chores like setting the table, vacuuming, dusting, and cooking were left to daughters. Now, 66.6% of men and 85% of women report to do some sort of housework. Therefore, there is still some inequality in gender roles of the house.
19: Activities like shopping in the mall are now becoming a hang out space for both males and females where as shopping used to be a female activity. Now, it has become a hang out place for groups of friends and couples. Sports on the other hand are still facing inequalities. In 1970, the boy to gil ratio of athletic participation was 4:1, it has changed, as of 2003 to 4:3 however this gap can be narrowed if female sports are given more funding and attention and higher scholarships.
20: Yasmine Nasr Age: 17
21: Salam Nasr Age: 16
22: The family structure, as previously stated goes on to extended family, neighbors, and friends. Salam and Yasmine have no other siblings so they live with their mom and dad in their family owned hotel. Typically, children do not move out until they are married in Lebanon. In America, family remains within the home: parents and siblings.
24: Yasmine and Salam live in their father's hotel in the capital city of Beirut. They awake with the sounds of the busy streets below them as they are surrounded by shops and other business. In times of political insatiability, Beirut is easily targeted. The city itself is still rebuilding from the civil war that lasted about 30 years. Also, all over Lebanon, energy rations are also carried out (this means that at certain times of day, power is cut off in areas). Overall, they live a middle class lifestyle where both parents have jobs.
26: In Lebanon, private schools are better then public schools, which are usually attended by those of lower soci-economic status.
27: In Lebanon, students start out with a three year preschool/kindergarten program (BT1, BT2, BT3). Then, they go elementary school, which is first through fifth grade. Middle school is 4 years, grades 6 through 9. After 9th, you cannot go to high school without passing an official test called Brevet. High school is three years, grades 10 through 12. However, after 10th grade, students can choose to take a science/ math direction or a humanities/literature road. In 11th grade, students have to pass another official test called Baccaulreate Part 1. If you don't pass it, one cannot move to 12th. The last year of high school, you have a choice between four areas: math, biology, literature, or economy.
28: In Lebanon, students are trilingual. Their first languages are French and Arabic and their second language is English. They also take geography, Lebanese history, Civics, Math, Science, etc. School lasts from 8:00- 2:30 P.M. Female enrolment in secondary education is 51.7% of the female population. The male literacy rate is 93.1%. The literacy rate of the total population 87.4% and the female literacy rate is 82.2%, so the illiteracy rate is only 17.8%. | For Yasmine, now in her final year of high school, she is on the humanity road to perusing a future dealing with special education. This is part of technical program that is a different possibility then continuing in the Baccalaureate. When she gets home from school, Yasmine does her homework. She doesn't go out much on the week days. | Previously, she played basketball, but in high school her extracurricular activities included a dancing class. However, she participates in no other clubs or sports. In America, students play sports and participate in clubs, volunteer work, and extracurriculars all for a college resume however in Lebanon college is in reach only through connections so participation in such activities is purely for love of the game.
30: The Lebanese live in villages on Lebanon's mountainous terrain.
31: Teenagers fill their weekends with friends and family downtown and shopping.
32: On the weekends, Salam enjoys hanging out with his friends. He and his sister are still very close taking trips to the Arz for a hike. As for night life, there are not strict laws against it so teenagers go clubbing. They have access to the electronics we do, and are entertained by these things (when the GameBoy was popular, Salam could not get enough play time where as Yasmine found it silly. Both boys and girls enjoy shopping in downtown Beirut at night. In the winter months, the siblings enjoy skiing on top of the highest mountains in Lebanon.
34: Yasmine fills her time when she's not studying with dancing and friends. Lebanon's culture stresses the importance as friends and neighbors being part of the family. | Halloween in Lebanon (left). The girls going to a themed party (right).
35: Salam enjoys going to heavy metal concerts and car shows with his friends. When he's not studying he picks up his guitar and/or a basketball.
36: Yasmine reports, as a female, that gender inequalities are decimating in Lebanon. Women have equality int he work place. In her own home, we see tradition breaking. Salam knows how to cook and cook for himself and his friends.
37: Yasmine can also glide down a slope as well as her brother and used to play basketball, too.
38: So Let's Recap: Compare and Contrast! | As said, in America my family structures is made up of my immediate family (mom, dad, and sister). In Lebanon, Yasmine and Salam's family includes their parents, peers, family friends, neighbors, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. They live in a quaint hotel owned by their father in Beirut. Here, I live in a tri-level home in the suburbs of Richmond. Like me, they come home to do their homework. My extracurriculars however are for my future whereas their participation s soley based on recreation and having fun.
39: Yasmine and Salam attend private school that has a very rigorous structure of testing. Yasmine says that things have changed in Lebanon and now there are equal opportunities for males and females. This most likely has to do with Lebanon's diverse culture. It is not like other Middle Easter states that are predominantly Islamic and therefore have gender inequalities.
40: It is important to insure equal opportunities for men and women. Ensuring equal education is the first step to an equal future. Quality education prepares girls and boys to play significant roles in reconstruction efforts, which in Lebanon at the moment is very important. In the U.S., only 34% of athletic award money provided by universities went to female athletes. Thirty four U.S. high schools found that 72.4% of 163 student-athletes receiving some form of athletic scholarship aide at the college level were male. Academically, women earn 57.3% percent of all bachelor's degrees and 58.5% of all master's degrees, and they still earned only 46.2% of doctorate degrees, and remain understated in areas not commonly studied by women. For example, women fall behind in computer technology-related professions. High school girls represent only 17% of computer science AP test takers. Generally, women comprise only 20% of IT professionals. In Lebanon, the workplace has favored men, and more women stay at home than men. Women are allowed to vote, work, attend school, and participate in all forms of public life. Men, however, hold higher social status than women because of the patriarchal culture. Still, family is stressed, which includes a “woman's role” as a nurturer. However, many women have broken traditional boundaries and entered the political, artistic, and literary environment, especially in Beirut. Yasmine confirms these findings when asked if there is equality. The mural is painted on a wall in their school—her and Salam can have a future without gender holding her back.