Not every human is a manipulative, opportunistic, letch... or at least that's what I'm told.
Love to see a list of the 20 or so Countries that spend "Far Less" and have better results???
I agree that if that model is out there, we need to plagerize ASAP. I just don't think your point is that valid.
Here's one link I could find....
It shows how a country like Finland spends a 1/3 less per student than we do but ranks higher in just about every catergory. Same with Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Iceland and others. All spend far less and produce better results.
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You're right. Our Schools are failing. When I went, 5 didn't = 20.
I would QUICKLY challenge that its apples and Oranges. America is very unique in that we are such a vast vast melting pot of cultures whereas, especially the Countries you have posted are very very internal culturally. That in itself makes a HUGE difference as the teaching doesn't need to be altered on a case by case, region by region or student by student basis as it often does in the US of A.
We obviously have some HUGE falling down in academics and education, but I propose that Teachers Salaries, or lack thereof lies at the very fore-front.
I find it ridiculous that the people that forge our entire Society get paid mere pittance, while, especially Pro-Athletes often scoff at education (Ever hear Dez Bryant talk?) but make millions upon millions of dollars a year.
THAT is an easy to identify underlying snake in the entire situation IMVHO.
EDIT: I don't want to beat a broken drum, but I would REALLY like to see how immigration of millions of uneducated into the USA in the last 2 decades has affected these numbers. I believe that EVERYBODY from everywhere deserves a good education, but just remember, by being the blind ambassador we have been, there is a price to pay.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp...cac3cfe339.1c1The three-yearly OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, which compares the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in 70 countries around the world, ranked the United States 14th out of 34 OECD countries for reading skills, 17th for science and a below-average 25th for mathematics.
The number I thought came from math where 24 other countries rank better than us. So by this report anywhere from 13 to 24 countries rank better than us in different fields. While spending far less.
Once again, you are TERRIBLY misleading. All of those Countries spend less, far less, the same, or more?
Just cause you type it doesn't mean its true.
I also still challenge. How does the INCREDIBLY input of immigrants flooding our public schools affect those numbers? America is very unique when compared to the other Countries that you are touting.
Perhaps, the real issue is that we need to address illegal immigration instead? That would both dramatically drive the math Comprehension and level up while driving the cost down!!!