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March 03, 2011


Part of the discussion should be this: on average, advanced countries (OECD) have smaller class sizes than the U.S.

So, then, what's our problem? I thought we were so frickin' rich, so exceptional, so much better than any other country.

(And, by the way, despite the conventional wisdom about superior education elsewhere due to longer school days and a longer school year, the U.S. by a wide margin has more annual instructional hours than any other country. And further while we're at it, when you don't cherry pick the data to find bad news for ideological purposes, the U.S. does reasonably well on the broad range of international tests, especially considering it is the worst of the advanced countries in poverty rates and children with only one parent. It's time for revision of the myths.)

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