�STUPID IN AMERICA: HOW WE ARE CHEATING OUR KIDS�
WITH JOHN STOSSEL, ON �20/20,� FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 ON ABC
Are kids in the United States being cheated out of a quality education? American students fizzle in international comparisons, placing 18th in reading, 22nd in science and 28th in math � behind countries like Poland, Australia and Korea. But why? School officials complain that they need more money, but as John Stossel reports, most of the countries that outperform us spend less per student than we do. There are many factors that contribute to failure in school, but according to some, foremost is the government�s monopoly over the school system, which means that most parents don't get to choose where to send their children. In other countries, choice fosters competition, and competition improves performance. Stossel questions government officials, union leaders, parents and students. He also examines how the educational system can be improved upon and reports on innovative programs across the country. �Stupid In America: How We Are Cheating Our Kids� with John Stossel airs on �20/20,� FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.