The perks of US education standards: ‘’Who is Fidel Castro?’ – ‘A singer?’ “About 95% failed to name the winners and the losers in WWII”

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The perks of US education standards: ‘’Who is Fidel Castro?’ – ‘A singer?’

After graduating from American high schools, many children of wealthy Tajik, Kyrgyz and Uzbek families have failed entrance exams at universities in their home countries. English proved to be their only strong point. On every other high school subject, they had to catch up at private classes with local teachers. No great wonder, actually.

‘How many sides does a triangle have?’ – ‘Four.’ – ‘One.’ – ‘None.’ These are some of the answers given by US high school seniors in an international general knowledge test. Their counterparts in Russia, Japan and European countries did immensely better.

Most of the US seniors in the test failed to crack simple mathematical tasks. About 95% failed to name the winners and the losers in WWII. Presented with a world map, about three quarters failed to…

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