Clearly, education is one of the big issues facing the USA -- and reports on the current "state" of education have been very mixed. The general sense is that teachers these days are being pressured to teach to various tests, rather than actually teach, and resources in schools are rather lacking. However, a News.com reporter who went to check out schools has found that many do seem to be adapting. Of course, it does sound like most of the evidence is anecdotal -- and he isn't discussing the local public schools that have to accept students. All of the schools he's talking about are ones that students have to apply to get into (public or private). At the same time, however, there does seem to be a lot of emphasis being placed on what schools a child attends and how they perform at the age of four -- which seems to be a bit early in deciding what sort of life someone is destined for. Schools are one important element in a kid's future, but not the only one. That doesn't mean that the school system doesn't need to be improved -- it clearly needs some work. But, focusing only on the school system isn't the answer either.
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