Having worked in the state system (not at an international school, but a bilingual state-funded school) as a science teacher, I feel that I can now compare with the UK. I have a much increased respect for UK-trained teachers and the standard of UK education. Everyone assumes that UK education is rubbish and below that of other countries, but it is head and shoulders above that of the country that I am in comparing the ability of the kids age for age. Also the quality of the teachers are higher too. I feel as if my 4 years in the UK were a boot camp of how to teach most effectively in comparison to the other teachers here, who have a much more relaxed approach (ahem, putting it politely). Obviously the UK system has it faults, but they seem alot less to me now having been abroad. Has anyone else found this?