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Is the US Education Actually the Best?

November 30th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

schooling in usaFrom the very first time the kid enters a kindergarten to the high school graduation prom, the US government tends to invest up to $139 000 into the US education system. The sum is far less than some of the developed countries usually spend. This information was taken from the recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, where experts are qualified in exploring the educational systems in more than 46 countries, as well as the USA. What they’re trying to do is to get a better understanding of what factors can influence the kids’ access to education.

Developed Countries Ranking: The 12th Position

The US now takes the 12th position among the countries, when the question is about the total amount that educational establishments tend to spend per every student in the US education system. Then goes Australia with $142 000, while the top of the list is taken by Luxemburg with the sum of $248 000.

According to the research, developed countries spend over 5% of their gross domestic products on educational segment. The USA is a bit above the average line, giving over 6% of GDP on education, taking the 7th position on the list behind Colombia, Costa Rica and UK.

There is a common goal that the global nations need to follow – to make education more equitable and inclusive, as well as to support the so-called lifelong learning to meet the education goals set for the Sustainable Development Goals. According to the report, among the key goals one should mention that all boys and girls should be provided with an opportunity to enjoy high quality education in primary and secondary schools.

Things Have Changed in Global Education

As stated by Andreas Schleicher, who’s engaged in overseeing the OECD education research, there have been recent global changes in the educational area. Even a quick look at the way countries tend to spend those funds reveals the educational priorities these nations have – from teacher salary to the per-student investment – and how student outcomes turn to be. For instance, the middle school teachers payments in the United States are somewhere at the bottom line of the OECD countries, only behind the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.

However, the students in the United States still attend schools for more hours than almost anywhere else on earth – 9 000 hours from the very first day in a kindergarten and right to the eighth grade, experts say.

The US vs. the World Education Compared

Australia, Colombia and Denmark are the only nations, where students tend to receive more of the in-class instructions. At the same time, the least amount of school time students spend in Latvia, Hungary and Russian Federation. And the majority of the children in the United States are not enrolled in pre-school even despite the research that suggests the primary education offers a solid foundation for the youth. In accordance with the OECD, 4 out of 10 three-year-old kids are known to be enrolled in the area of pre-elementary education in the US. That’s almost the same as with Mexico. Among the countries that were analyzed, both countries take bottom 25%. Just for a quick example – in France, all kids are enrolled in pre-elementary school by the moment they’re three years old. In contrast to the majority of the Atlantic leaders, the United States of America is actually standing next to Mexico.

  1. Beth
    February 1st, 2017 at 17:17 | #1

    I would tend to think so, but mostly because students here are allowed free thinking. In other countries education is done mostly by rote system For example dental education in the US normally takes four years whereas in other countries it more than that…