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Why Are Spanish Schools So Behind?

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Why Are Spanish Schools So Behind?

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Why Are Spanish Schools So Behind?

Why Are Spanish Schools So Behind?

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Spanish schoolchildren have consistently ranked near the bottom in comparisons of reading, math and science skills with those of other industrialized countries. That didn't seem to matter as long as the Spanish economy was booming and creating plenty of low- skilled jobs. Now, as government struggles to bring its economy out of recession, it's hamstrung by the repeated failures to reform an outdated educational system.

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