- The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Tuesday released its "Education at a Glance 2013" report, comparing educational statistics in its 34 member countries and nonmembers that include Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
- According to the report, only the United States, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland and Italy cut public education spending during the recent financial crisis, but the U.S. still spent more on public education on a per-student basis than any other country in the survey.
- Despite U.S. spending across all levels of education being higher than any other country, the U.S. ranks fifth in college degree attainment for 25-64 year-olds and 12th for 25-34 year-olds, early education isn't as well developed as other countries and teacher salaries increase less and aren't competitive with similarly educated workers, despite U.S. teachers spending more time in front of classes than others.
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A new report that analyzes education trends in several dozen countries says that the United States is behind in early childhood education even though it spends more and that American teachers spend more time in class than their international peers. ...