I have been teaching for about 6 years and I've been a student, in school and in university, since I was 5 ½ (I am currently 25). So by now, I think I've got a pretty good overview of the benefits and deficiencies of our school system. I have lived in the United States, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia and Germany, and no matter where you go the general approach to education remains the same. The focus of our globalized education system is on reading, writing and arithmetic. When children lack these skills they are deemed illiterate and often quickly categorized as failures or simply as inadequate.