I’d like to hear more from our Asian, Australian and Kiwi, European, and African members, where the education systems are different than those in the US. I visited one of my sons when he was an English language assistant in an elementary school on the tiny Japanese island of Ikina. It was impressive to me that the teachers and students swept the floors, cleaned the restrooms, and disposed of the trash and recyclables at the end of each school day, while the principal tended the landscape plants. This son met a Yorkshire girl in Japan, a graduate of the University of Nottingham, teaching English on another little island. They went to England and she went to grad school at London University and he went through the College of Law of England and Wales at its Bloomsbury campus. I have gleaned from them and others is that at least in the UK, France and Germany, students are placed on separate tracks at about age 14 or 15 that will steer them either to universities or to technical colleges. Team sports are not the responsibility or focus of tax-supported schools, but are club activities. I’m not sure about art and music. Students not headed to universities are given vocational and technical training, some of which can be rigorous, and which may lead to jobs that pay well. In the European system, at least some university instruction consists of optional lectures, with testing and papers at the end of each term. Professors and tutors are available to students for consultation. While university education requires many students to borrow money for living expenses, students don’t routinely end up with massive debts as they do in the US. Team sports at European universities are conducted by clubs, not the universities. Does education outside the US suffer the huge waste and ineffectiveness at tremendous expense that we see here?