wat0n wrote:And the US has it a lot less than many other countries, especially compared to Latin America.
Latin America is way way behind in education especially dealing with rural communities. Mexico until recently did not have any high schools in the majority of its smaller rural townships.
The huge investment the USA had in public education and publicly funded universities is one of the principal reasons the USA pulled ahead in technology, science and financial expansions all over the world. But? Now the name of the game is about EQUALITY. That is the key to a great education. Equality.
Listen to what the Finnish system is up to with their kids? Do the Finnish citizens believe in ignorant BULLSHIT? Like to be a good Finn? You need to speak Finn only and believe in a lot of lack of diversity and everyone please do the lowest common denominator work? NO. But the USA is into a lot of really ignorant practices. The good school districts with excellent funding and well-paid teachers and great RESOURCES pull ahead of the districts with low-income workers and people who have a hard time finding a grocery store with fresh produce in them. Why?
INEQUALITY. If you believe in right-wing conservative separate class systems @wat0n (especially in publicly funded education? You believe in FAILURE and COLLAPSED SOCIETY. Because that is what it boils down to. Corruption, crime, widespread poverty and disorganization, instability, and unrest. Just by failing to give a just and equal education to all. Just that failure leads to problems that are ENORMOUS. And costly. Ignorance is very very expensive for society. But if you got selfish, greedy, and ungenerous class snobs who believe in not giving the poor an education? A good one at that? You got FAILURE.