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Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - BBC Four

More about this programme: Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before – using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.
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Question by hplss.rmntc: How is education in the United States different from education in other countries?
How is education in the United States different from education in other countries? Which country’s education system do you like best?

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Answer by Brian K
Here, we make a futile and stupid attempt to educate everybody, whether they want an education or not. In other countries, they value education more, because if you don’t pursue it, they stop educating you and you have to take a menial job and suffer. Parents don’t want that for their children and they push them. Here, when someone doesn’t want an education, we force them to stay in school with compulsory education and we give them the “No Child Left Behind” treatment. We keep their sorry butt in school and let them drag down the whole educational system. The parents don’t have to take the responsibility to make their kid rise to challenges. As a result, our school systems and teachers are swamped with trying to produce even mediocre results from a population that has no reason to care or to try. Pick a developed country in the world, and its educational system will be better than ours, because here our lawyers have determined that we have to try to save people from themselves.

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