[Homestead] FIX the fixable Public Education System---other nations don't seem to have a problem doing so

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Thu Sep 23 18:27:20 EDT 2004




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  U.S. needs to get back to school

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

The United States spends more on educa tion than other industrialized 
countries, but the latest international numbers show the other guys are 
gaining in achievements - while, at best, we're standing still.

"Education at a Glance," an annual compilation of school-related data 
involving 30 countries, finds that the United States' relative position 
is slipping in terms of the proportion of its citizens who claim a high 
school diploma. Among 45-to-54 and 55-to-64-year-olds, the United States 
ranks first in its percentage of high school completion; among 
35-to-44-year-olds, the United States is fifth; and among 
25-to-34-year-olds, it's 10th.

When it comes to higher education, this country ranks second, behind 
Canada, in the proportion of citizens who have four-year degrees (38 
percent), but officials report that other countries are making larger 
gains in this category as well. And when it comes to the proportion of 
students pursuing a college degree for the first time who then drop out, 
the U.S. average (34 percent) exceeds the international average (30 
percent).

Dozens of studies, including this one, testify to the economic benefits 
of having a high school diploma and the even greater earnings for those 
who possess bachelor's degrees and higher.

The question becomes, then, how the United States can translate its 
already sizable investment in education into improved results. If the 
existing trend in education levels continues, the nation faces a steep 
economic decline - leaving less money available to support education, or 
anything else




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