US schools rank 17 in education, but tops in spending

The UK's education system is ranked sixth best in the developed world, according to a global league table published by education firm Pearson.
The first and second places are taken by Finland and South Korea.
The rankings combine international test results and data such as graduation rates between 2006 and 2010.
Sir Michael Barber, Pearson's chief education adviser, says successful countries give teachers a high status and have a "culture" of education.
International comparisons in education have become increasingly significant - and this latest league table is based upon a series of global test results combined with measures of education systems, such as how many people go on to university.
The top 20 listed in order:
  • Finland
  • South Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • UK
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • Denmark
  • Australia
  • Poland
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • USA
  • Hungary
  • Slovakia
  • Russia

Not that South Korea came in second, but it spends less than half what the US does on education.

Despite what Democrats and educrats try to tell us the problem is not lack of funding.  I think it is the result of poor management and too much power in the hands of teachers' unions.  In Texas trial lawyers are trying to extort more funds out of the legislature as you are reading this.  The problem is that we are clearly not getting our money's worth from education spending.


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