I always wonder, when people tell these stories, do they invent them to make a point, or is this something that actually happens to them?
As the mother of a child in the French educational system, I was aware of how positive reinforcement and encouragement is frowned on in Europe. “Oh you Americans, always saying, ‘Good boy!’” one of my son’s teachers once told me. “We don’t believe in doing that.”
I can’t imagine anybody taking this tone with me. I just can’t. And they don’t. Even the notoriously rude Russian speakers choose not to engage.
If you see the linked article, though, there’s a valuable insight on how much easier mobility is in the US than in Europe.