Laura said:the better ways to understand one's own culture is to get immersed in another one and observe and compare in your own mind until you distill out some things.
Well, I forgot this way, better, no doubt about it in my mind.
In fact I wanted to underline how is difficult to do critical self-anlysis because of subjectivity, this could be a good exercice however.
To be be clearer: what posted Belibaste and Adaryn on French conduct sometimes extrapolate things from their own life experience to say this is general...
Belibaste mentions 'The Importance of Maths' in France, and I think this is really a powerful thing (which is even 'poetic') but he forgets the Importance of Art (not part of education however) - concrete example : I think in France (not only) we like to add esthetic value to things which are supposed to be practical (and sometimes Us people find that funny and say: why they do that??, we just need a practical stuff !... [just an example, and not one of the most important points]