Originally posted by Happy1
reply to post by Cabin
Cabin - where are you from? You've never said. How did you get to the USA to extend your higher education?
Public school in the USA is a joke. When you have kids that can't even read - out of highschool - going to "college'?
We need school vouchers - to give kids who want to learn something, the oppurtunity to actually get an education. The rest of the inner city high
schools are for people wanting their kids to get a gov't check and be labeled as "disabled" - thus ensuring a gov't paycheck for life.
The union teachers - see the fiasco in Atlanta, GA - for proof of this.
It is hard to say where I am exactly from. My parents are Estonian, I am Finnish, I have never attended a Finnish school though, as my dad was working
in multinational companies and we moved a lot. I have lived in several countries all through my life, different languages, different cultures.
Although I believe overally it has benefitted me a lot.
I have not studied in USA yet, although planning. I have the sponsors for it and after I get finished my education here (have masters in engineering,
currently getting bachelor in economics and psychology. I plan on doing my engineering PhD in some Ivy League college or MIT (still thinking about
which one I will choose). Although plans can change, maybe I will decide for Masters in USA, although currently I definetely plan on going to America
for a degree.
Although I have worked in USA for 4 months in 2008. I worked at educational field, so I managed to have a conversation about education with around
1500 people during these 4 months. I was amazed by the overally weak attitude towards education. I had taken a look at the local textbooks and seen
how weak the system overally was, although most parents were very satisfied with their kids progress, although the kids were doing average in a a weak
system. Too many people were not giving much thought on the quality of the education, as their kids were doing just fine. Round here most of these
kids would not even pass the bar, even though they are getting good grades in their local schools. In math for example, things we learn in 5th grade
come up in 9th grade or high school level in USA. I agree that on average (not all) public schools are a joke, despite the cots the higher education
is not bad, I believe
One of the problems is that overally education has turned into business in USA. Textbooks cost extreme amounts compared to us, the cost of higher
education is extreme. Universities seem to be like for-profit business, although they should be non-profit organisations. Everything is turned into
money in the capitalist society. Many would argue, although USA is probably one of the most capitalistic societies. Univer
I also agree that the unions are weakening the educational system. Teachers are getting too much rights, so that even bad teachers can not get
Overally the system has moved from quality to quantity because of the business and I personally believe something should be done with it.
Why I even care about USA? I believe USA has too much influence on the world. If USA hits the bottom financially, the same happens to Europe, as the
financial systems are too connected. Even in 1929 US crisis turned into world crisis, same happened in 2008 and also in the futue. Being so
influential country means having more responsibility over one´s actions as they also affect everybody else. So I hope USA overally manages to get
back on track
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