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The United States of America has for many years been a nation admired around the world for its commitment to freedom and democracy, scientific achievements, and popular culture. But what is it like to live in the United States today? Does US history reflect its current quality of life for its citizens?

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The United States has one of the best education systems

With the second-best education system in the world, the United States is a promising country for scholars. A strong education system paired with a raft of job opportunities point to a major advantage of living in the United States.

The Argument

With a second-place ranking only behind the United Kingdom, the United States has one of the best education systems in the world.[1] 16 of the top 25 schools of higher education in the world are located in the United States, reinforcing the prestige of the American education system.[2] Such a strong education system is certainly a benefit of living in the United States. The United States education system guarantees free public education to all students from kindergarten to secondary school. The US has an enrollment rate of 93.7%, one of the highest in the world. The United States also supports students and families financially for pre-school or college educations. [3] Speaking of college educations, the United States is home to 16 of the top 25 best universities in the world. Specifically, the US houses four of the top five universities including Stanford, Harvard, California Institute of Technology, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Such US universities are consistently known for their excellence in research, teaching, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.[2] As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, a strong educational background is paramount. The United States prioritizes free public education—a major advantage of living in America.

Counter arguments

The American education system has been criticized for being underfunded. Low-income school districts especially suffer from underfunding, granting a lower quality education to students in need. This is yet another example of how the American education system perpetuates wealth inequalities and systemic poverty. [4] A key reason for the underfunding is the legislation surrounding education funding. Each state is mainly responsible for funding, maintaining, and improving its own education system. Struggling states have especially unorganized or underfunded education systems, exacerbating the issue. While the US government offers support to the education system, it is not nearly enough to be a solution to this critical problem. [3]

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  1. https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/education-rankings-by-country
  2. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2021/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats
  3. https://wenr.wes.org/2018/06/education-in-the-united-states-of-america
  4. https://tcf.org/content/about-tcf/tcf-study-finds-u-s-schools-underfunded-nearly-150-billion-annually/#:~:text=The%20United%20States%20is%20underfunding,The%20Century%20Foundation%20(TCF).
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