I just recently graduated high school, in the American Public School System. Here is a list of issues I have seen, and my answers to them. My answers are not in-depth, but they're some small ways I see we could change our educational system to hopefully have higher standards for the students. #1: Foreign Language: In my school, we are required to have 2 credits in a foreign language. We had a choice between Spanish, and German. I chose German. I learned a lot, and I also learned this: In Europe, many many many students graduate high school multilingual, not knowing "a bit" of a language, being fluent in more then 2. They are taught from a much earlier age. I believe this should be started in the U.S. Even graduating fluent in two languages is much better then one. #2: Grade Standards: I remember back when a 75 was the cut-off marker. Now it is 70, at least here. What happened? I am going to look it up. Anyways, I think the goal shouldn't be to pass, but to excel. I have seen it all in my school, people allowing students to make a 70, just to survive a class. I had help myself, and I wish I had done much better. Now that I am going to college soon, I hope I can make my goal to always make a B+ or higher, never lower. I want high goals, and I think it's better for people to have high goals, not "survive". #3: Discipline: I want to be a teacher, but I am honestly horrified at the thought of teaching high school. A lot of the kids have dis-respect for the teacher, and all a teacher can do is send them to the principal's office, which does nothing. They usually come back within 30 minutes, and brag about how they told that principal off. I want to be able to say "If you don't want to be here, go away." If you raise cows, you cull the herd (farmer [technically rancher] reference, I have many) to get the best, well, I believe you cull the herd in education to get rid of the ones who will drag the rest down. #4: Classes: A major issue I see is that some classes are not worth the time. I took many classes that now that I look back, we did little to nothing. Usually because the teacher didn't care. I think this is a issue because paying someone to teach a class that is useless because the teacher doesn't care, is not worth it. Waste of money. I know these are rather simple ways of looking at it, but it is just what I seen when I was there. I would like your opinions on the education system in the U.S.