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Escaping U.S. “Education”

Fascinating article

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/04/education/04BOAR.html?pagewanted=1 in the

Gray Lady today about Africans in the U.S. who send their teenage kids back

to Ghana, Nigeria, etc. to be educated. The advantages are tremendous: (1)

the schools are very cheap by dollar standards, (2) the education is

first-rate, (3) the schools are run under strict discipline, with dress

codes, compulsory early-morning jogs, and (I happen to know, though the NYT

doesn’t say so) corporal punishment. Not to mention (4) you get the kids

off your hands for several months a year.

There is actually a great marketing opportunity here for 3rd-world

countries. My wife and I have sometimes threatened our kids that if they

don’t shape up we’ll ship them off to school in China. For a few hundred

bucks a year, plus the plane fares, we could get them into a good private

school in the People’s Republic, with intense academic training and good

discipline. This is, in fact, one of our most potent threats–works

wonderfully well…

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