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<< Just to throw this out there--When I was in grad school, studying to be a
teacher, we were told by a professor that whenever a study is done in
country comparing that we should keep in mind that in China, Japan, etc.,
have a "closed" educational system. Here in America, everyone gets the
chance at an education, because we have an "open" educational system. In
effect, its like comparing apples and oranges, because only those that are
bright have a chance at an education over there, and that skews the results
of all comparisons, because the total population is not really
of the schools there, like they are here... >>
That is a pretty weak excuse IMHO. It is nearer the truth to say that there
is little respect for education and intellect in this country. I notice
children pretending not to know information and learning that I know full
well they do know, in order to 'fit in.' Education and knowledge, etc., are
among the MOST respected and admired attributes of a person's character in
most other countries. Those places where education of only the brightest
does exist, it only holds true in the upper grades, that is after 17 or so.
And doesn't that happen here when the less interested 'drop out.'?
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