Losing An Edge

Japan, Germany and Switzerland begin to outpace the U.S.

Summer vacation gives educators a chance to study education, this time with some depressing results. The Department of Education reports that among adults 25 to 64, the U.S. still boasts the highest percentage of high school graduates: 82% of Americans, vs. 79% of the Swiss, 78% of Germans and 70% of the Japanese. But the researchers found to their alarm that among younger adults, 25 to 34, the graduation rate is 91% in Germany and Japan, 88% in Switzerland and 87% in the U.S. The study also noted a 2.5% overall drop in expenditures on education in the U.S. federal budget...

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