In other nations, public schools are one thread in a quilt that includes free universal child care, health care, and job training. Here, schools are the whole cloth. Today we look around the world at countries like Finland and South Korea, whose students consistently outscore Americans on standardized tests, and wonder what we are doing wrong. Dana Goldstein first asks the often-forgotten question: "How did we get here?"
"Makes one think"
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Harsh truancy laws have resulted in children and parents being sent to jail for skipping school. Getting tough on truancy doesn’t help students get an education - and it unfairly attacks the poor.