NOTE: I AM NOT HERE TO BASH AMERICA. I AM ONLY DISCUSSING THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM.
So many people dislike the American public education system. It's a big failure. America has one of the highest dropout rates in developed countries, and the intelligence level is very low compared to other developed countries.
I think a big thing in America is that they emphasize memorization too much. The next year, you'll forget most of it, but remember the main details, if you remember it.
Also, some classes have no practical value. While calculus may make you think, they should make a Logic class also, which is much more practical.
I also don't think that America stresses the importance of education enough. Students aren’t expected to meet high standards, and the process of education takes precedence over analyzing education results in policy-making circles.
Also, I believe tenure is a big barrier to the education system.
So what do you think? What are your solutions? I'm very interested in hearing.
Also, I've gone to school in America, but it was a private school. I was raised up to value education, it's kinda in my culture, so maybe that's why. In elementary school, i went to school from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In high school, i went to school from 7:10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (4:00 on wednesday, but i would take an extracurricular that day, like engineering). In my freshie year, i had a 99.5 average first semester and a 99.55 average second semester. I don't remember the other years. So I think a big part also is based on values.