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As compared to other places around the country, how well do students in Fayetteville, Arkansas perform on national tests in subjects like English, Math, Science, U.S. History, World History, Geography, Civics, and Psychology ?
What percentage of adults in Fayetteville, Arkansas as compared to adults elsewhere in the country, know Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus and Physics ?
No, "education" in this country is "deplorable". The items you mention are just "basics" not the things which you need to know to " lead" or get society knowledge or psychological insight into the why and how to run an industry or government.
Let alone "worldwide" knowledge about developed countries; our history is barely 300 years old; China 6000 years old for instance. Also the "gap" here exits between "college" and the "industry" required knowledge. I was lucky in Europe that they prepare you for he industry. At my High Technical College they were connected with the industry ( Philips and others) who then once a week gave their own "skill" classes in their factories/facilities. The same as I later received from Fokker Aircraft, Mc. Donnell Douglas, Boeing, Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed , Dornier, CIT etc.so that I knew these aircraft from the drawing board until delivery inside out. So I climbed the ladder fast because of all the company courses as well contracting, legal, technical, support logistics, finance and cost, negotiation skills, human interface as well knowledge of 4 languages and of course what the world is all about (not just knowledge about this "island"). The mistake in the US is that most training is not for free; mine were all "free". So wake up America ; "Algebra etc." just wont get you an job!!