A newly released report paints a very mixed picture of education in the U.S. when compared to other countries. The report, called “Education at a Glance 2013″ by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, is a collection of comparable national statistics that illustrates the state of education around the world.
Among the more interesting insights were that the U.S. was one of the few countries to cut back on education funding during the economic downturn although spending was still higher than other countries. U.S. teachers spend more time in front of the class, but are paid less than in other countries and less than similar jobs in our country. We also spend more than most countries on private education and yet we do not lead the way in terms of the percentage of citizens who attain a college degree.
The report has many other insights about education, spending, and how we compare to both 1st world and emerging countries. Education is still the key to the future and until our leaders and our society truly believe that, we’ll be in a less than ideal place as we struggle to move forward.
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