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I don't know much about China, but the Indian education system is terrible compared to America's. When you meet an Indian engineer or doctor in the US, remember that they are the best of the best of the best India has to offer.

The real picture is that something like 25% of Indians are illiterate, but the standard for literacy is only being able to write your own name. As for the statistics about India graduating more engineers, well I'd hardly call them that. I hire engineers with degrees. Maybe 10% can do the absurdly simple work I have for them. Only 2% of the Computer Engineering graduates can do the work needed by the big IT outsourcing companies. A kid with Lego blocks and an erector set is more of an engineer than most of the people with engineering degrees here.

Forget Legos, computers etc, only wealthy people have door knobs in India. Half the country does not have access to toilets. I've yet to see duct tape on sale, and several fundamental tools have only come on the market since I've been here. There is little exposure and what exposure they have is to shoddy workmanship and ignorance. It isn't difficult to have a good growth rate when more than 50% of the people live a hut or an urban equivalent.

Teachers in America have no legitimate complaints about their salaries. I have a village teacher who comes to my house to clean on Sundays. I pay her more than double her teaching salary for 3 hours work each week, and still I only give her about $40 a month.

I would say the major problem with Indian education is the reliance on teachers and classes. Rather than pick up a book and learn, my warehouse manager spent three months salary on a programming class. He had access to a computer at work, my encouragement to use it and a small library I've made available. He still paid for the class because "that is how you do it". The class was crap. Almost all the classes here are crap. US published books are far superior to Indian published books.

Only the best of the best schools in India are comparable to those found in the US. That isn't to say that US schools are good, just that schools here are terrible. There are nice parts of Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbia where a moderately intelligent American can feel comfortable with the people around them, but that is only a few square miles in a country a third the size of the US.

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