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Why American Education Fails

And How Lessons From Abroad Could Improve It

Author: Jal Mehta
May/June 2013
Foreign Affairs

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In his landmark 1973 book, The Coming of Post-industrial Society, the sociologist Daniel Bell heralded the United States' transition from a labor-intensive economy that produced goods to a knowledge-based one geared toward providing services. No longer could success be achieved through manual, assembly-line work; it would require advanced skills and creativity.

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