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It seems to me that everywhere, but the US, has a thriving public university system. Canada with McGill, the UK with Oxford and Cambridge, Japan with U of HK and Tokyo, ect ect. But, in the US it seems more than ever that we value private education. Everyone knows the top University in the US is Harvard, followed by Princeton and Yale. Why is that?
Yes, I know we have some excellent public universities in the US. I attend unarguably the best one, University of California--Berkeley. There is also the University of Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Texas. However wonderful those universities are, they pale in comparison of the quality, accessibility, and affordability of other countries. Furthermore, our publics are declining at a rapid pace. I believe, one of the reasons that this is so, is because, as Americas, we take advantage of our public goods, but choose not to heavily in invest them. Why is this? Someone tell me why, as a nation, we have evolved differently and why we value education differently.