If the goal of education is to teach children to think, no one does that better than Americans. Whatever dribbles of learning seep through those twelve years of pre-college classes result in some of the most creative people in the world.
Here’s a great article from Education Week (with a long list of pithy comments following it) on this very topic. Should we continue to ignore the statistics used worldwide to judge competence and success in education (which America consistently ranks low on) in favor of the end result: creative, successful Americans who work harder, longer, and more willingly for themselves and their country than any other population in the world?
Is that why the US has more Nobel Prize winners than any other country?
What do you think?