July 17, 2012

HOW BAD ARE AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS? So bad that some parents are sending their kids to Africa for schooling. “They don’t like the expensive child care, the lax public school system, the sense of entitlement that comes with living in a country so privileged. . . . What is easier to gauge, at least according to Edem Andy, a high school physics teacher in Prince George’s County who has taught in the United States and Nigeria, is the academic advantage that children who are sent back to Nigeria gain when they return to the United States. During his 16-year stint as a teacher in the county, he has noticed that those children come back ‘better organized [and] basically more prepared. A child that has been to school in Nigeria knows how to study and take notes, which is lacking with American kids.'” And yet we spend more on public education than anybody else. What are we getting?

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