We have to import engineers, doctors and scientists because there is very little domestic feedstock.
>>The three-yearly OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, which compares the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in 70 countries around the world, ranked the United States 14th out of 34 OECD countries for reading skills, 17th for science and a below-average 25th for mathematics.<<
>>The United States has also fallen behind in the percentage of 15-year-olds who are enrolled in school, ranking third from bottom of the OECD countries, above only Mexico and Turkey.
Only eight OECD countries have a lower high school graduation rate than the United States<<
Again, you are comparing two completely different approaches to education. When the education system doesn’t have to water down the education to the lowest denomination, then they are free to allow the best and brightest to excel. In the U.S. we are made to educate ALL Children, regardless of ability; regardless of intellectual or social development; regardless of physical or mental disabilities! If the U.S. stopped providing for compulsory education for all children age 6 to 18, and only focused on those who demonstrate aptitude, you would then be able to compare our system to these other countries. Again, you are comparing apples to oranges.