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@elguapo1 I think that another thing that you might have not covered is the lack of vocational training in the US. I know some people already mentioned it but I would like to add on. I feel that TOO many people are going to college. This is the case because there is no alternative. Of course, there are community colleges but MOST of their graduates get jobs with salaries between $30-40k. This is not enough with today's economy. I think we need to revamp our entire educational system. We should focus more on apprenticeships (similar to the German system) working with local businesses and companies. Community colleges should be given more spotlight, and certain 4 year degrees should be streamlined to 2 year degrees.In their junior year of high school, students should be put into different tracks. For example, academically talented students with high test scores & grades should start taking college courses while others should start doing an apprenticeship at a local business or a manufacturing company. Of course, the tracks should be flexible and if the less-achieving student re-takes a standardized test and gets a better score, then he or she should be moved to the college track. With this system, less students will be applying to college. This means that there will be more seats open to the applicants, and there will be less competition in already over-crowded degree fields such as sociology & law, Also, we should still address the loan crisis and "holistic admissions." When it comes to holistic admissions, this should only apply to athletes since they bring money to the school. All other applicants should be judges PRIMARILY on grades & test scores.
@PurpleTitan Not so fast. International schools are not terrible. The main reason why international students are applying to US colleges is because they eventually want to work in the US, and undergraduate education is one of the best methods for this. Let me explain. Most international students try to get internships at American companies while they finish their undergrad education. While they intern, they try to build a relationships with the company. Once they graduate, thanks to their connections, the student will most likely get a job, and the company will lobby for them to get a work visa.
As for international schools, while they are outgunned in terms of research by American colleges,their education tends to be more practical than the "wide breath/hollistic" approach in American undergraduate schools. As a result, their education is more applicable to their job. To some good international colleges, in terms of STEM, I point you to the IIT System in India, the National University of Taiwan, the Imperial Universities in Japan, and to the British college system
When it comes to higher taxes, in Europe, they get more social services. In the US, the Federal government receives a lot of revenue but more than half goes to the military industrial complex. While Defense is our number one priority, we spend TOO MUCH on defense. More than half of our discretionary spending goes to the military, and our defense budget is greater than those of the next top 8 countries, and most of those countries are our allies.