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  •  Hong Kong has high performance on tests (1+ / 0-)
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    but no merit pay system.  It also does not have one in four of its children in poverty and/or homeless like in the states.  Here a third of the population live in public housing instead of barely 1 percent as in the US.  Plenty of parks, sports centers and play areas are provided for kids--all public funded.  The public constantly pressures the government to spend more on education, to cut class sizes, and improve outcomes.  While our system surely is not perfect (far too rote in its approach) the government is constantly in a cycle of reforms.  There are religious schools and charter type schools, but they must conform to public school curriculum requirements and teachers have to meet public standards of training.  Evolution is taught in biology classes and non-standard materials contesting it are not permitted in those classes.  In religion classes, such schools may contest evolution, but not in the science curriculum or classrooms during science classes.  The standards are constantly referenced to international standards, with results in international tests (such as the international baccalaureate or A-Level British exams or other country equivalents like SAT, depending on the child's home country or parents educational ambitions), being the measure of the schools' quality.  The US educational system that ignores the child's background and out of school circumstances and which seems intensely parochial and confused in its separation of church and state (in terms of classroom content and teacher education standards) just seems so backward.  No wonder China--where religious schools and backward parents are even more regulated and restricted than even in Hong Kong--is leaping ahead and is set soon to leave the US behind as the world's largest economy.

    America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

    by monkeybrainpolitics on Thu Mar 31, 2011 at 03:42:43 PM PDT

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