I know education has been a tangential topic in a lot of our threads, but I would like to have a dedicated topic about education. I'd like to start off with this piece by John Stossel about the current state of our education system. It is mostly anecdotal, but it does include some broad based studies and some persuasion toward choice based education. Its quite long, but watch the whole thing anyway [youtube]Bx4pN-aiofw[/youtube] I agree with a lot that he has to say, and I can understand the viewpoints very well, as I was subjected to a crappy government school. Obviously, a lot of people here think I am an extremist, but they never really can clarify how exactly my viewpoint is extreme. I would be open to ANY broad based education reform that includes choice at this point...regardless of the fact that I would view it as a compromise. There are multiple countries that have choice-based education, and they all seem to get a lot from it. Boca_Fan related his experience with moving to America and moving up two grades because our system was so retarded (dictionary definitions make for great insults). From what I understand, the Argentine school system is also choice based...is this correct? Anyway...I would like to see some opposing viewpoints on this issue.