So, I am currently in a class for German II, and our teacher has spent quite sometime in Germany where he learned German and attended I school if I remember correctly. He has told us that German High Schoolers on average are much higher in their studies then us. He says that their pushed much harder, and that we are pushed through the system, not into the studies. I agree with the last part, at this school at least, we have certain classes that can basically be summed up as the easy versions of whatever the subject. For examples: Science Biology I Chemistry I Honors Biology II Honors Chemistry II AP Biology AP Chemistry Then their is the OTHER Science Classes Science Agriculture Science (Don't believe this is offered anymore, not sure) Physical Science Environmental Science Earth Science The OTHER sciences are basically, crap. I have taken Agriculture Science, we did NOTHING but play around and I made I think a B+, not 100% sure. I am currently in Earth Science, the teacher is a 1st year, she is trying, but frankly she lets the kids tread over her too much. My point is, we offer a lot of classes that really, are for the kids that never want to try. I have taken a few of them, and now that I am trying to catch up on all the "hard" classes, I regret allowing myself to lax for so long. I am wondering, when did we as the US slow down in our educational standards and the Europeans go full-steam ahead? Or is this wrong, are we really about equal with the other nations in education? Is my information wrong? Why am I asking? Well, I care about my nation, and although I doubt I can do much to change the education system, I would prefer to know the facts and be able to talk to a politician I want to vote for, before I vote. I know that I am a single human being, but I pretty much think this song could be my USMB theme song: ~Edit~ Decided this would be a better video, the original was Frank Sinatra singing with a bunch of kids from back in the day, preferred this video.