If the United States expects to compete in the international community it needs competent scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. The articles below show U. S. students falling behind students in many other nations. Even though the U. S. spends more than most countries on education we are not attaining quality results. This analysis from November, 2010 finds the United States ranked 31st out of 56 countries in the percentage of students performing mathematics at a high level of accomplishment, trailing Korea, Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland and Lithuania, among others. http://educationnext.org/percentage...s-in-math-trails-most-industrialized-nations/ Here find clear graphs comparing various countries’ mathematics and science students competency spread over several years. U. S. students rank ninth and tenth of countries measured. http://www.realonlinedegrees.com/education-rankings-by-country/ Program for International Assessment (PISA) concludes that Chinese students spend less time than American students on athletics, in music and other activities not geared toward success on exams in core subjects. Also, in recent years, teaching has rapidly climbed up the ladder of preferred occupations in China, and salaries have risen. In Shanghai, the authorities have undertaken important curricular reforms, and educators have been given more freedom to experiment. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/education/07education.html Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study – Advanced 2008. Although several years old, this completed study gives specific details of worldwide trends. http://www.iea.nl/timssadvanced20080.html [Broken] American spending on public K-12 education is at an all-time high and is still rising. Continuous spending increases have not corresponded with equal improvement in American educational performance. Increasing federal funding on Education has not been followed by similar gains in student achievement. http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/edu_spe_per_sec_sch_stu-spending-per-secondary-school-student This is to propose improving our educational system by looking beyond our horizons to where successful teaching methods with proven results have been demonstrated. Then our educators would adopt those methods, adapt them to our culture, and then apply them. The future of our nation depends on education to develop competent citizens.