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In the 20th century America was the dominant force in the world politically economically militarily and culturally American movies music and ideas spread like wildfire during this century One contributing factor to this dominance was the American education system The American public school system was far superior to that of any other nation At the beginning of the 21st century however the balance began to shift Asian countries like China and India started to improve their education greatly and the effectiveness and rigor of their educational systems put the American system to shame This shift in education is a large factor in the shift from a global community dominated by North America to one dominated by China and southeast Asia In an article entitledLet Teenagers Try Adulthood Leon Botstein claims that the entire American education system particularly at the high school level is obsolete and should be abolished The primary problem that Botstein points out is that high school in America doesnt prepare students for the real world High school has an artificial social structure ranked hierarchically by age attractiveness and athletic prowess This social structure is entirely different from that of any community encountered after high school Botstein goes on to claim that the American high school is outdated When the high school was created students matured much more slowly than they do today Botstein points to biological statistics to prove his point For example the age of first menstruation has dropped at least two years since the beginning of this century and not surprisingly the onset of sexual activity has dropped in proportion In other words kids are maturing too quickly and an institution intended for children is now housing young adults Botsteins solution is to begin education earlier with elementary school starting at 4 or 5 years of age and to cut out the middle school or junior high stage A student should graduate high school at the age of
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