Hey honkey -- those of us who love America don't want it to be like "most countries." And China is certainly not the human rights standard we should look toward.
Found that article:
"Despite steps to increase per pupil spending, decrease student-teacher ratios, strengthen standards and recruit a better-prepared teaching force, student test scores have remained stubbornly flat over the past 35 years. By international standards, the U.S. spends far more than other nations on education – and has smaller class sizes – yet receives far less value in terms of educational outcomes.
In fact, a lot of such international comparisons lack context and are therefore debatable. Because of the relative paucity of social services in this country – as opposed to the universal preschool, health care and similar generous children’s services provided in other developed nations – our schools are forced to serve as a fallback social-service system for millions of American children. In addition to teaching a far greater diversity of children than is the case in other nations, our educational workers must address countless medical, social and family problems before they can even begin to think about teaching math, reading or history." ...
The major reason the US has to spend more per student while gaining less in test scores than in other countries is because we have no real social welfare or a universal health plan. We rely on the public school system to offer those services and protections -- so the cost of those safety nets appear as an "educational" cost. There was a fabulous article about this very issue in Harpers several years ago.
Of course Eddie -- let's punish all those children who came here with their parents, through no decision of their own because you are "insulted." Those children are the very ones who have embraced the culture, history, values, and language. Indeed, they want to go to college to yet further embrace them.
In a similar fashion, I am annoyed that one of the meanest insults a hockey club can come up with is to call an opponent a woman. They do it all the time. Chrissy Pronger? And showing him in a skirt? I'm a hockey junky, and a girl. I don't play anymore, but there are a lot of kick ass girl hockey players. And a lot of kick ass girls in general.
Take the country back from whom, exactly? The black guy in office? The majority of Americans who voted for him? The woman who "runs" Congress?
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