It absolutely amazes me that in every Presidential election I've seen, the one thing that rarely ever gets talked about is Education. For all of you out there who don't know this, our K-12 education ranks 76th in the WORLD. 76th!!!! Our society is getting less and less educated by the generation while other countries have more people and are getting smarter and smarter(aka CHINA). You know who's number 1? FINLAND, and they have no where near the resources we have. The reason for this is that the US dept of Education has been the first, consistently, to get its funding cut. It only spends 57 billion a year on education across the nation which we spend in 5 months in Iraq. They are also over there building schools! BUILDING SCHOOLS in IRAQ???? For the cost of this war we could have built 31,000 new schools and that was back in 2007. We could of also made a serious increase in teacher pay so that we kept the good one's where they should be, in the classroom If you know your history, then you know that at their peak nobody thought the empires of Egypt, Greece, and Rome would ever fall. You know why they all fell? Too many wars and they stopped being the leader in education/modern technologies. We lose the best teachers to college or another profession because we as a society refuse to put in the necessary funds to actually provide our kids with the 1 thing they desperately need, a good education. Some really good teacher taught Bill Gates in 6th grade about the basic principles of math or taught Warren Buffett Economic theory which has allowed them to become so successful yet we don't fund that person? People, we are going down as a country EXACTLY the same way that those 3 empires went down except we are going down much faster than they did. If you don't believe in substantially increasing the funding for education, then you truly don't care about the future of the country. As part of a question and answer portion of the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant, Upton was asked by the questioner Aimee Teegarden, "Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?" Upton responded: I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as, uh, South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our [children]. Case and point, and she was in the top percent of her high school class along with the point we seem to miss and thats the 20% of people who can't point out the US on a map. TWENTY PERCENT! News Flash - we desperately need to become a more intellectual society before its too late. China/India have a 1/3rd of the world's population and the only way that 300 million in the US can compete is if we are smarter and better which currently we are not. And McCain wants to privatize education, and if he does that and you can kiss America (as you know it) goodbye Educators are the true patriots in our society along with the women/men who serve in our military.