Monday, September 17, 2007

US Public Schools Vs. Everyone Else

A co-worker recently pulled her two boys out of US public schools to send them to boarding school in India. A native of India, who has been in the US for almost 20 years now, she worries that US schools aren't strong enough in math and science. While her boys were born in the US and have lived here their whole lives, she feels that they will be more prepared for college, anywhere in the world, if they finish up their schooling in India. In 7th and 5th grade, the boys are still really young, and will grow up very far away from their parents- and parents at home can have a big effect on schooling.

Are there statistics to back up her feelings? What do you think about the US public school system? And, if the public school system is not up to par, what about private schools in the US? Are they on track with school systems outside the US?

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