The great Latin American deception

A new global survey reveals, surprisingly, that Latin Americans are much more satisfied with public education in their countries compared to those in other nations.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

85% of Costa Ricans, 84% of Venezuelans, 82% of Cubans, 80% of Nicaraguans, 77% of Salvadorans, and more than 72% of Colombians, Hondurans, Panamanians, Bolivians, Uruguayans, and Paraguayans said that they are satisfied with public education in their respective countries.

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Building relationships, deducing and formulating hypotheses are not within the capabilities of most 15 year old students, according to established studies in the domain of reading, mathematics and science by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD ) reports

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