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So Finland, Canada and Shanghai do better than and achieve more than Americans? I do not think so although I agree there are problems in education in America which party have to do with the teacher unions which are only concerned with the teachers and not with the students. This has been demonstrated many times. The unions are concerned about one thing and one thing only, the benefit of their members and the continuation of the jobs for the union bosses.

If the 3 countries in this example are better? I would like to see the real reasons why? Maybe lack of minority students; maybe the parents understand the need of education; or maybe those in power do not stand for disturbance in class; lack of attendance; and or disrespect of the teachers themselves.

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Having been an educator in the public school system in Texas for 30 years, I have honestly seen a decline in many aspects of schooling. The expectations of society, parents, government...have seemingly lowered. We accept mediocre as the norm. The easy access to social media, video games, and tv has limited children in the hands-on experiences that lend themselves to success in the classroom. The decline of the family unit (at least in the USA) interrupts the learning atmosphere at home. And the fact that there are many teachers who have lost their desire to fight for the put in long hours for low pay...stiffles the world of education. I retired for a year...then, was compelled to rejoin the family. My inspiration to teach is the hope that I can keep a few kids from "falling through the cracks of society". Apathy breeds ignorance...In order for any society's educational system to improve and endure, the population must become actively involved through positive actions and not just critical words.

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