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January 25, 2012

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Good education no doubt is the key ingredient to a good life. Good education qualifies anybody to have a good job, earn a decent amount of money and have a good life. Our minds open up with good education to the world and we prepare ourselves better to face the world. In today’s global economy with fast information technological advancement, we compete with the rest of the world everywhere. Other countries are making leaps and bounds improvements in their education systems.

I just visited India two months ago and was amazed to see how passionate families and communities are on making sure their kids get the best of the best education. For families in India, good education of their kids is clearly the top priority. There are before-school and  after-school coaching centers all around to prepare kids for tough competition for admission to elite schools or colleges.

My sister told me that in New Delhi, the capitol of India, there were coaching classes that started even 5-6 a.m. each day in the spring and summer; times before the schools would open. The story in China is no different with the largest number of engineering  graduates in the world.  According to a recent Time Magazine article by Fareed Zakaria, the World Economic Forum (WEF) report ranks the U.S. 51st in Math and Science education. Only 6 percent or so of the US graduates have engineering degrees, which is half of the average of the rich countries. Japan and Germany awarded close to 20 percent and 16 percent engineering degrees to its graduates. With fast changing technological advancement, the US is not able to supply enough engineers and IT professionals to its businesses and thus losing business competitiveness to the other countries. In global competitiveness, the US is now behind Sweden, Singapore, Finland and Switzerland.  Coming back to Oklahoma, we rank far behind in education in the US. Based on ACT, SAT scores, Oklahoma ranks towards the bottom. Average ACT scores of our area High Schools is stunningly low around 20. We most often fault low funding to schools and quality of teaching, which I don’t think are the primary reasons of the poor performance of Oklahoma and area students. Students have to take responsibility of their studies, homework and other activities. Parents play a key role in the development and education of their children and hence share responsibility about how their children do in schools and their overall development occurs.

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