To my opinion and experience, (public) high school in the USA is really bad. I lived for a while in Oregon with a hostfamily and their daughter couldn't go to school on Friday's because the State didn't have enough money!!! And that's the USA we're talking about, not Ruanda or Ghana. The Universities are among the best of the world - according to different rankings. Some thoughts: - Especially private univerisities are quoted as very good. But how many people can pay the thousands of dollars tuition fee? Doesn't this ultra-liberalisation of education make it bad, or at least less good. It sure brings down the average educational level of the country... - Rankings are mainly done by American newspapers, politicians, ... or at least rankings are made by American standards, not European or Asian standards. Any more thoughts/ideas?