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  •  Actually if you read (2+ / 0-)
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    Fareed Zakaria's Post American World 2.0, you will see that our educational system is geared to teaching kids to think.  If you search page 210 of the book, you will read that our system is admired outside of the US because we foster individuality and produce entrepreneurs.The first edition of the book (which is the one I have read) states that if you remove the bottom third of the schools, US students jump to the top of the international achievement charts.  Which fits in with what this poster observed.

    It's a shame that one third of the schools have severe problems, but it a republican talking point to condemn all public schools.  The republicans want for profit schools so they keep up a barrage of negative publicity against the public schools and have done so for 30 years.

    •  I think our current system no longer does this. (7+ / 0-)

      We have become a test centered education system. Testing is the be all end all of education. Talk to college professors today and they seem very concerned about the inability of kids to enter a classroom and have a discussion - they are all very concerned about the next text and the material on that test. We are raising a nation of text takers.

      I find it ironic that our entreprenuers in the US are very often those kids who rebelled against the system.

      •  It's not ironic. (1+ / 0-)
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        angelajean

        The people who rebelled against the system are people who want to learn, period, and don't just want to learn what will be on the test.

        27, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-07 (originally), liberal-leaning independent

        by TDDVandy on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 03:15:39 PM PDT

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