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Changing America's Education System

            The United States is a magnificent melting pot of ethnicity, religion, and opinions. Everyone here picks a side for nearly everything, even if they say they don't, they know that they do. While we usually have our own personal views on everything from something as large as gay marriage laws, to something as small as our favorite type of soda, there's one all Americans agree on: that we are the best country of them all. It has to be true, but how do we know it? How is "The Best Country in the World"" determined? Our nationalism and country's morale is exceptional, but our debt, unemployment, and poverty levels are exceptional as well. There is no perfect measurement accurate enough to decide who is the best overall. As far as education goes, we have been dragging behind for quite some time now. The corruption and low-levels of efficiency in America's public school system need to be changed to better the future of today's students. .
             We may think and say we're just as good or better than other countries, but they must think the sam. Pride in one's nation is common among the weakest of nations. Instead of looking for the negatives, they are thankful for the positives no matter how far the scale is tipped. But how do we compare to other major countries? According to the Council on Foreign Relations, "The U.S. education system is not as internationally competitive as it used to be; in fact, the United States has slipped ten spots in both high school and college graduation rates over the past three decades"" (Strauss). There are still so many categories for ranking that it is nearly impossible to decide who really is number one. The United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) believe that they have found a method to decide how the countries should be ranked. The five measurements are: material well-being, health and safety, behaviors and risks, housing and environment, and education statistics.

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