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Michio Kaku: United States has the worst education system known to science

Michio Kaku: United States has the worst education system known to science

(8:41) Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku sums up America's biggest problem, a growing number of stupid people unable to fill the shoes of foreign geniuses. Next video is the full Think Big debate introduced by actor Gabriel 'The Usual Suspects' Burn.

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Guest: Wakey wakey world (2296 days ago)
Interesting that such a seismic debate has attracted so little response. Wake up good people, set your alarm clock and wake yourself up for the rest of your life. Mr Shrange has phrophecised your job future and it has NOTHING to do with an employer. If you are confused, let me put it another way ''If you do what you always done you get what you always got'' Wakey wakey world
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Interesting that such a seismic debate has attracted so little response. Wake up good people, set your alarm clock and wake yourself up for the rest of your life. Mr Shrange has phrophecised your job future and it has NOTHING to do with an employer. If you are confused, let me put it another way ''If you do what you always done you get what you always got'' Wakey wakey world
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Guest: (2297 days ago)
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glortman glortman (2296 days ago)
Kaku's comments are self-contradictory: The US education system is obviously excellent if it draws top minds from around the world. The form, funding and opportunities of US higher education is among the best in the world. Unfortunately, the average American student is too coddled and comfortable to compete with hungrier, more motivated students from overseas.
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Kaku's comments are self-contradictory: The US education system is obviously excellent if it draws top minds from around the world. The form, funding and opportunities of US higher education is among the best in the world. Unfortunately, the average American student is too coddled and comfortable to compete with hungrier, more motivated students from overseas.
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Guest: Mr. Obvious (2093 days ago)
You obviously missed his point. American science based industries are sucking up the brightest minds from around the world; the US education system is pumping out students who cannot compete because of a lack of substance.
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You obviously missed his point. American science based industries are sucking up the brightest minds from around the world; the US education system is pumping out students who cannot compete because of a lack of substance.
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Guest: (2296 days ago)
And too ill prepared by the K-12 public education system which is willing to spend extra money on the lowest achieving but has little to offer the highest. LINK
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And too ill prepared by the K-12 public education system which is willing to spend extra money on the lowest achieving but has little to offer the highest. LINK
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Guest: Jimbo Chester (2296 days ago)
When I worked in the USA on the moon landing projects ALL the technical brains were from outside the USA The Americans were only interested in being managers. The attitude was that they could buy brains..The level of knowledge of an American engineering degree was really low. I doupt if things have changed.
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When I worked in the USA on the moon landing projects ALL the technical brains were from outside the USA The Americans were only interested in being managers. The attitude was that they could buy brains..The level of knowledge of an American engineering degree was really low. I doupt if things have changed.
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Guest: Kento Yonamine (2287 days ago)
There's a reason why people from all over the world head to the U.S. to study, and it's not because the U.S. is loaded with idiots, it's because it provides for the highest quality of education anyone can get for their money. I moved here all the way from Japan to study. Although I have met some of the dumbest people around, I've met some quite brilliant people as well. Now, Mr. Kaku is dropping some big lines, and I wonder if he's been to more than one of the ivy league schools.
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There's a reason why people from all over the world head to the U.S. to study, and it's not because the U.S. is loaded with idiots, it's because it provides for the highest quality of education anyone can get for their money. I moved here all the way from Japan to study. Although I have met some of the dumbest people around, I've met some quite brilliant people as well. Now, Mr. Kaku is dropping some big lines, and I wonder if he's been to more than one of the ivy league schools.
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Guest: The Big Lebowsky (1310 days ago)
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I believe he is talking about pre-university public school education elementary through high school which indeed is of a very poor quality and depth. If you compare math textbooks from 1960's to what is currently used in schools, you will see that earlier textbooks provided rigorous self-consistent material presentation with all derviations present, while now they teach by example just explaining how but bot explaining why. Apparently a shift of the target audience of education has taken place from talented students to bottom of the spectrum. Now, if you are a tallented kid your parents better have enough money to be able to afford a good private school for your or to possess enough education, time and will to educate you at home in addition to what you have learned at school.

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I believe he is talking about pre-university public school education elementary through high school which indeed is of a very poor quality and depth. If you compare math textbooks from 1960's to what is currently used in schools, you will see that earlier textbooks provided rigorous self-consistent material presentation with all derviations present, while now they teach by example just explaining how but bot explaining why. Apparently a shift of the target audience of education has taken place from talented students to bottom of the spectrum. Now, if you are a tallented kid your parents better have enough money to be able to afford a good private school for your or to possess enough education, time and will to educate you at home in addition to what you have learned at school.

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Guest: (2296 days ago)
Technology has always had the effect of increasing the productivity of those who can master it, from the bow and arrow and kingship to the internet and technocracy, the pace is just increasing. A side effect is the disparity in wealth between those who can wield high tech and those stuck in the iron age. This causes social tensions which have to be relieved by suppressing the highly productive, taking the fruits of their productivity away and redistributing it, and/or suppressing the less productive with various diversions and physical coercion. You can't suppress either end too much, if you do at the high end more people give up and society produces less stuff, at the low end you become a police state and power passes from the productive to the agents of repression leading to corruption and inefficiency.
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Technology has always had the effect of increasing the productivity of those who can master it, from the bow and arrow and kingship to the internet and technocracy, the pace is just increasing. A side effect is the disparity in wealth between those who can wield high tech and those stuck in the iron age. This causes social tensions which have to be relieved by suppressing the highly productive, taking the fruits of their productivity away and redistributing it, and/or suppressing the less productive with various diversions and physical coercion. You can't suppress either end too much, if you do at the high end more people give up and society produces less stuff, at the low end you become a police state and power passes from the productive to the agents of repression leading to corruption and inefficiency.
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