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South Korea has the most effective edudationsystem of the world's richest countries, with Japan inthe second place and the United States and Germanynear the bottom, a United Nation's study saidTuesday. The ranking provides a comparison of thedeveloped world.
The study is based not on how many students reach what level of education, but on testingwhat pupils actually know and what they are able to do, including their abilities in reading, mathand science.
Germany, with its strong eucational tradition, occupies the 19th place out of 24 nations, justbehind the United States in 18th place.
An American government official said, "Our schools are simply not good enough and they don'tcompare well with systems in other countries."
"It is clear that educational disadvantage is born not at school but in the home," said thereport. "Learning begins at birth and is encouraged by a loving, stimulating environment."
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