Could a Vietnamese 11th grader pass the Google interview process?

Could a Vietnamese 11th grader pass the Google interview process?
According to one Google engineer the answer is yes, but it seems that may be more of a commentary of the state of US education rather than Google's hiring process. Google's hiring process is known to be one of the more difficult around, but one Google engineer says that the average 11th grader in Vietnam is answering computer science questions to be put in "the top third" of applicants.

The story goes that Google engineer Neil Fraser took a trip to Vietnam and toured some schools in the country. He was impressed to find that by 3rd grade all students knew how to use Windows (XP), and begin learning to type in English using Microsoft Word. By 4th grade, students begin to learn programming using Logo to create commands and loops. By 5th grade students are writing "procedures containing loops calling procedures containing loops". Fraser compares this to the US where many 11th and 12th graders would struggle to code an HTML img tag. 

Fraser then stopped in on an 11th grade class in Vietnam and got a copy of a problem requiring the class to find a solution and implement it in Pascal. The entire class was able to accomplish the task. Fraser showed the problem to a senior Google engineer without giving the origin of the problem, and the senior engineer said the question would be part of the top third of interview questions.

That's some pretty impressive education, especially since, as Fraser says, CS classes are a fairly recent addition to the Vietnamese curriculum. Here's hoping that the US can take a cue. It's an incredibly interesting blog post by Fraser, we'd suggest you all take a look.

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12 Comments

1. idroidequis

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

And people wonder why kids in the US are dumb. Same education aystem for the last few decades. Good job Vietnam

3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Actually....at least in my area....schools have changed over the past 10, 15 years. Stuff I learned in Jr high.....is being taught in elementary now. Charter schools are replacing public schools in my area.....and the curriculum is more advanced than the public schools counterpart. One thing I hate tho is they aren't teaching cursive writing in elementary schools in my area anymore. I think thats a big mistake. So its up to the parents to teach it now.

7. superbored

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 21, 2013

hmmmm...at 7th grade they know how to make babies...

9. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

There are plenty of top notch schools in the US, it's just there are a lot of lazy ass students and/ or parents bringing the system down. The no child left behind junk isn't helping either. I remember we were taught C++ in the public high school I was going to and it was a very diverse group.

12. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

I have also noticed kids learning the same stuff I did but at a younger age..... .... however, I've NEVER used cursive in my adult life. And they made us write literally everything in cursive my 8th grade year.

2. No_Nonsense unregistered

Cool, its about the same in India.

4. jtl78

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

WOOO Vietnam!!!!!!!!!

5. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

US PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT: I never felt I learn much in the US education system. Not to mention the fact city public schools are a joke if u r not enrolled in one of those elite ones. Just today I saw 2 high school girls fight outside their school sidewalk at 3pm (the meet me outside at 3 thing). The other students just form a crowd and watch they pull each others' weaves. School crossing guard stop them in the end. U.S is gonna get wipe by these countries (china,indie,japan,etc) in the future. They have some of the hardest working students ever!

10. rustyimtiaz

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

this century is the century of ASIANS!!! :P

6. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

My nephew is in Class 3 (India) and i was surprised to see that he had assignments on paint brush menu etc. He knows more of android tab, where to configure wifi, how to search games and download ... pretty much everything. The other day went to him (we brothers stay in same building different apartment and have one broadband and wifi with repeater) so he asked me what's the password as WiFi connection got reset so need to setup. I was really amazed that he could navigate all the way to setting WIFI connection screen. Smartkids i would call them :)

8. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

My nephew (3g years old) has his own android tab..

11. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

I guess the person who typed this comment is also 3(g) years old xD.

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