They have many rules they never break. Even if they feel otherwise, they wouldn't admit it. I am not talking about something generally approved or disapproved but more trivia things.
For example, they say ranking of the school does not matter because every child is different and it's more important to find your match. Bull! I know Americans, they are the same as the rest of the world. No American would prefer some Ohio community college over Harvard precisely because of the rankings and prestige. But no, they will insist that they choose Harvard ONLY because their kid FELT like that, only because Harvard felt like the place he belong to!
And crap like that. We prefer to be more straight-- we say, hey, maybe I would feel more comfortable in Ohio but this is a chance I can't miss, after all it's Harvard, the most prestigious school in US!
As a result, many of our, Kazakstani, kids feel like no one is sincere here. They say-- they smile to you even if deep down they despise of you. Kids can feel that. I am fine with that. As one of my school-mates back in1993 said-- I prefer fake politeness to sincere rudeness
But young people, well, they are non-conformists, they always prefer truth.