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‘Our public schools are failures!’

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At least that is what our governmental administrators and legislatures are saying, and no doubt that is the belief of the general populace.
The U.S. ranks 33rd in National Test Scores out of the 172 countries in the world. However, when you compare the test scores to other countries that believe all students should receive a free public education. (Oh, none of the other countries that score higher than us educate the entire populace). The exceptions are countries i.e. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, which have a population about the same as Montana with no diversity.
There is no doubt that the general population considers our schools and classes to be overcrowded, our teachers and principals incompetent and discipline lax. In essence, they consider our schools to be failures.
My question is: Why target the schools? Are not the schools the reflection/mirror-image of our society?
If a survey were conducted on our religious institutions, would not the results be similar? After all, most denominations are shrinking in number and the majority of our youth are not rooted in any religious faith. Perhaps this is why so many are turning to cults.


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