You have some misconceptions about the situation in America. We have a very different population than you do in Germany. We have spent more and more on public education and have seen lower and lower test scores. This is largely a cultural problem, particularly in the city public schools. Our private schools are the best in the world. Capitalistic policies have not created poor and poorly educated citizens. Rather, they have given us enormous wealth, freedom, and the ability to protect international trade around the world, fight oppressive dictators, and allow European nations to go about spending heavily on their domestic programs without fear of being invaded (particularly by the Soviet Union). And many European nations are in big fiscal trouble in spite of this! Socialism does not work.