Its not that bad. Trust me, the problem is that we use different ways of grading. In Chicago, a B+ would be a 85, in Canada that would be 77. A C is like a 64 in Canada, in Chicago its like a 75. These grading differences make a big difference.
I was just talking about the education system in general. The problem I believe is we give to much power to the states to decide things. The education sector should remain federal, and Common core should be established, so all kids follow the same standard. Kids in Nevada don't receive the same education as kids in Colorado, because the systems vary too much, and frankly some the guys in charge are a bunch of idiots.
And the USA is actually in the middle of the chart, it's not like at the very bottom. I don't get why anti-americans like to make fun of USA for it's education system. Someone said they were from Sweden and they made fun of USA's education...
Depends. School has taught me a lot about Math and Science, and I would never have read many of the books that we read in English. In History, however, I generally learn the majority of the material before the course. Not because I want to show off, but because I learn about it in other ways beforehand. Since this site consists of mainly hipsters, I'm not surprised that they claim that school has taught them far less than what they learned on their own.
I go to one of the better Public High Schools in Massachusetts, so in contrast to the rest of the country, I'm getting great education. I might just be ignorant about the standards of education outside of my state.
I will say this about America's testing standards overall.. It sucks. If you want to really test what people know don't give them multiple choice, give them no choice. Let them tell you what the answer is in written form.
I can say that public schools help out with the basics on math and science, but that is about it. When they teach you things like calculus, they don't put into perspective if this is a waste time and money spent or not depending upon what career path this student is most likely going to take.