Education Abroad: Falling Short in Europe

If education is the key to economic growth and personal fulfillment, as Americans fervently believe, then Western Europe is in a bad jam. So warns Raymond Poignant, 48, who is a graduate of the tough Ecole Nationals d'Administration, a top French educational planner, and a judge of administrative law at the Counseil d'Etat (France's highest tribunal). His comparison of the educational systems in Western Europe, the U.S. and Russia has just been published under the auspices of the six Common Market countries.

The 180 million people in the Common Market roughly match the U.S.'195 million and the Soviet Union's 228...

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