What does Belgium have that the United States does not?

It has 16th place in a list of best-educated countries. The United States is in 17th place. Here is the list starting with Finland, the best-educated country in the world:

Finland
South Korea
Hong Kong
Japan
Singapore
UK
Netherlands
New Zealand
Switzerland
Canada
Ireland
Denmark
Australia
Poland
Germany
Belgium
USA
Hungary
Slovakia
Russia

So, my question for you is why can't the richest country in the world come in ahead of Belgium, Poland, and Canada?

One man thinks he knows...

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant suggested on Tuesday that a decline in American education was precipitated by the mass entry of mothers into the work place.

Bryant's remarks, which came during a Washington Post event, immediately stirred controversy amid a recent broad discussion over women's roles as family "breadwinners."

At the Washington Post event, Bryant was asked why he thought the country's educational state had gotten "so mediocre."

"I'm going to get in trouble. You want me to tell the truth? You know, I think both parents started working," Bryant said. "The mom is in the work place."

According to the Post, Bryant immediately tried to clarify his remarks, saying that "both parents are so pressured" in modern family situations. (source)

Now, it's hard to talk about this subject without women getting their backs up because they know that a lot of people are happy to blame one more bad thing on the improvement of the lot of women over recent decades. I heard one female commentator say that Finland has an even higher proportion of families with two employed parents and yet they have a better educated populace than the United States. I wonder, however, how many Finlandish families have latchkey children? Perhaps Finnish children do not leave school for an empty home but instead have some sort of free childcare for the younger children and perhaps activities for the older children.

Anyway, on what do YOU blame the poor performance of American schools.

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@Matt - "If one rates just the Americans of Northern European ancestry the results are about the same as any other northern European country." That's interesting. 

"The gov is doing nothing to hold down the rest."  - Surely it's more complex than that.  In the countries where immigrants come from - how are their education systems?  The old old question - in Western countries, why are so-called "minorities" worse off, on the whole, in many major ways? 

Take one example which is nothing more than a WAG on my part. Hispanics come here with the belief that they can make it with hard work. And they are correct. One can suggest the kids want to make it the same way their parents did or are doing. Quit school so they can work hard. Their parents are not making it because of their education. The countries they come from did not reward education. There is no tradition of doing well in school first.

I am a bit tired of this harping on minorities. The minority in any country is always at a disadvantage. That is the way human society is.

@Matt Giwer;

"The minority in any country is always at a disadvantage. That is the way human society is."

LOL, now that was some funny shit right thar.

I suggest you urgently back this up with some sort of evidence or you will be labelled a racist.

I am always labeled a racist. That occurs even when I challenge a discussion of "racism" by pointing out the groups being discussed are not races.

Note however I was careful to say northern European. Who would declare Greeks and Italians to be races?

Doesn't sound racist to me. 

I have been banned from forums for saying Jews are not a race and recommending The Invention of the Jewish People. Dawkins' board for one. In fact they even ended the ability of members to post new topics.

At times I bill myself as the most banned user in the known universe. Of course I do have a tendency to stomp on sore spots when I find them. Which leads to my tale of Sean O'Clast, Icon Smasher.

I suppose that depends on your behavior - my research indicates that Jews are directly descended from Amorites, a people living in Syria around 2000 BCE. That would certainly not make them a race unto themselves, but a part of the vast number of Semite tribes in the middle east.

On the map below, orange represents Semite concentration:

 

Unfortunately for the "theory" Amorites are an imaginary people found only in Septuagint fiction aka the Old Testament. Simple hint, any group ending in ITE is fiction for example Israelite. The closest to reality you will ever get is fake archaeologists who work bible stories into the region despite the total absence of physical evidence.

"Amorite" is a slightly more modern name for the Amurrites, followers of the god, Amurru, aka, "El Shaddai," the first god worshiped by the Jews before he was evolved into what became known as, "Yahweh."

The Amorites, or Amurrites, gradually took over the entire territory of Mesopotamia from the Akkadians, who took it from the Sumerians. The Amorites governed from about 2000 BCE to roughly 1500 BCE. Hammurabi was an Amorite.

I'm not sure where you're getting your information, Matt.

I have never heard of any god Amurra nor apparently has google. Care to enlighten me? However El Shaddai is also only found in Septuagint fiction just as the Wizard is only found in Oz.

"the land of the MAR.TU (Amorites)" is the closest I can find and it is a good example of the fake archaeologist crap. Lets call the Mar Tu Amorites. Why? The bible tells me so.

Similarly I have come across fraud openly connecting El Shaddai with the Ugarit gods. Read a little further and learn only the god El is mentioned. Shaddai is found only the the Septuagint.

Possibly that's because you're spelling it wrong, it's Amurru.  Early on, the Amorites divided, some remained plains nomads, while the others developed an agriculture and ultimately built cities. Some surrounding cultures referred to the nomadic group as Ammurite, while calling the city-dwellers, Martu - truth is, they were of the same stock.

RE: "Shaddai is found only the the Septuagint." - sorry, it's found in the history of the Amurrite people, totally independently of the Torah, Septuagint or the Vulgate.

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