[QUOTE=OCCH;4498266]This country needs a two-tiered education system. One for students who WANT an education, and one for everyone else. Until education is valued, things are going to progressively get worse.
I don't know what other countries do, but I know many only have high schools for the "worthy" students. I'm not saying getting into high school should be a lottery, but too many good kids are being brought down by ones who just couldn't care less. And don't talk to me about being a "civilized nation" -- we are no better off having many of these kids "graduate". They're a drain on the system, both intellectually and financially. If we're truly serious about improving education, we have to find a way to filter out the waste . . .[/QUOTE]
A few years back the NYC public school system tried to set up schools to help kids with behavior problems. They were called "700 schools." There was a very high percentage of students who were African American and Latino. Leaders of those communities claimed race was the reason and the schools were quickly a thing of the past.