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Old 07-11-2013, 09:56 PM
 
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cuba even being an afrocarribean nation is more like Europe in statistic regarding education, death rate, birth rate, etc. cuba is not poor. I would not say its rich either but it population as a whole is more educated than the rest of the carribeans heck per capita they are more educated than Americans. the only country that may rival Cuba are America, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay & Cayman. pretty much more liberal countries are educated. the crime rate in Cuba is definitely low but like America they lock up a boat load of people. America and Cuba sadly have many things in common.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:37 PM
 
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Barbados seems to lead in that area.

Excellence in Barbados Starts with Discipline
By Nikole Hannah-Jones

"Barbados graduates 98 percent of its high school students; 53 percent go on to college."

Barbados has the second-highest literacy rate in the world - Le blog de hort
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:27 AM
 
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Cuba is not an Afrocaribbean nation.
Seventy percent of the population is black or mulatto, but the dominant culture is Western European with a certain Eastern European aroma.
Black culture is exclusively for folklore, tourists and music.
The country still retains some of its precommunist culture and education is general, even though the eduation system has suffered since the collapse of the USSR.
No comparison whatsoever with neighbouring countries, as the country was not comparable with neighbouring countries in 1959.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:45 AM
 
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Cubans are the smartest, most confident, and most successful of any Caribbean people I've met in the US. Most are a kick in the pants. Some are a little arrogant....usually those that are Anglicized-corporate and bag a blonde American wife.
Old post I know. But, guys, realize that Cuba lost it's best and brightest when Castro took over and stole the lives of their most successful segment of society - the upper middle class doctors, lawyers, professionals, scientists. They fled to American and rebuilt there lives. There is no mystery why the cubans you meet in the US are so succeful.
Cuba can never make up for the brain drain, even a couple generations later.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:30 AM
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The quality of that education has been put in question. For example, look what has happened lately:

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The Brazilian government, it turns out, has started looking for foreign physicians who would be willing to travel to these areas and provide the kind of medical care that is needed. Earlier this month, the government announced that they were in talks with ministries in Spain, Portugal and Cuba, who might be up for helping out in those regions where there are only two doctors per 1,000 inhabitants, according to the Spanish newspaper El País.

Brazilian Health Minister Alexandre Padilha made public a slew of requirements for potential incoming doctors: They would have to pass an exam, since there would not be an automatic transferal of degrees, and doctors from countries where there are less than 1.7 doctors per 1,000 inhabitants -- which is the rate in Brazil -- would not be accepted.

The project took a turn on Wednesday, when Padilha announced that Brazil would not be accepting Cuban doctors, since their qualifications are not comparable to Brazilian medical degrees.
Brazil Says They Will Not Hire Cuban Doctors; Turns To Spanish And Portuguese Physicians Instead

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Their results, in fact, are among the worst of the average of 600 professionals – ranging in homelands from Argentina, Bolivia, the United States and European counties – who go through the process.

The Brazilian Medical Association attributes the apparent failure of so many doctors in the test to the lack of quality of universities in countries like Cuba and Bolivia. According to the association, the teaching of medicine in these places are at the level of a nursing major in Brazil.
Once Renowned, Cuban Doctors Are Failing their Medical Exams in Droves | News Latino

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Before students are allowed to take university entrance exams, they must be cleared by the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution. This Committee “approves” or “disapproves” a student’s entrance to university studies depending on his or her political standing. Students with good political standing in relation to their Communist beliefs receive a letter of approval to take college entrance exams. Students with a “poor” political standing may find themselves “blacklisted” from furthering their education.
A Look at the Education System of Cuba | Know About Cuba

It seems that the people that boost the image of the Cuban education system (or almost anything Cuban, when you really think about it) are either communists or people that sympathize with them.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:04 AM
 
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The quality of that education has been put in question. For example, look what has happened lately:


Brazil Says They Will Not Hire Cuban Doctors; Turns To Spanish And Portuguese Physicians Instead


Once Renowned, Cuban Doctors Are Failing their Medical Exams in Droves | News Latino


A Look at the Education System of Cuba | Know About Cuba

It seems that the people that boost the image of the Cuban education system (or almost anything Cuban, when you really think about it) are either communists or people that sympathize with them.
Fair enough. However, Cubans are still the most educated in Latin America. Try to find sources to prove otherwise.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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Why are there so many threads about Cuba on here? The Americas is a huge region and the top 4 threads are all about Cuba.

I mean, I find much of the rest of the Carribbean to be just as interesting as Cuba these days.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:14 AM
 
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Antonio, here's another one.

SA-Cuba medical programme criticised - South Africa | IOL News | IOL.co.za
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:26 AM
 
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the british part of the caribbean uses the british standard of education which is very difficult, i lived there up until the age of 7 and i remember having to know up to my 12 times tables, knowing how to read and write, sentence construction, spelling, and at even some point i remember learning how to fill out a check for simple banking. a lot of this i learned before the age of 7 when i came to the united states with my parents and settled in orlando, i remember not really having to learn anything for the first few years of elementary school, i basically coasted until i reached middle school. i went through high school as part of the national honor society, always an above average student, and i hold a degree in finance from the university of central florida, and i've been in the financial accounting industry for the past 7 years, mostly doing accounting for hedge funds and mutual funds. i'm setting up my education and work background because i looked at the work being done at the main university in trinidad and tobago, and it's a lot harder than anything i had to accomplish at the university of central florida, or my wife had to do at rollins. nothing is multiple choice, everthing is short answer, and essay questions, there is no coasting there, the engineering professionals that eventually get very high paying jobs at the oil and gas compaines are on a math level on their own... lets just say that the education system is very intense in the british part of the caribbean, and it's why i'm surrounded by individuals from jamacia and the rest of the british caribbean at my current job, and to tell you the truth, individuals from the british part of the caribbean that i know through friends are usually very well educated. there is a percentage of people from the british part of the caribbean that are not formally educated, but i really woudln't consider them stupid. my wife's husband is a mechanic, from trinidad, i don't think he has anything really past a high school education, but he has strong opinions about government issues and is pretty socially responsible... this and he can take apart my car and put it back together again in a day, and there is nothing wrong or dumb about that.

i think overall every population has it's percentage of raw intelligence and it's percentage of individuals that do not hold the mental capacity to achieve formal education from either a university or even from a trade (my sister's husband) and there will be stupid people in every society. someone made a great point about the people who left cuba were probably the best and brightest with the ability to get up and leave, and this can be said with a lot of immigrantion to the united states. if you're not under a refugee status when it pertains to immigration, the actual process takes more than a decade, with a stack of paperwork and a few thousand dollars, this is a straining barrier over much of the individuals wishing to immigrate to the united states.

but back to the topic at hand, i've met some brilliant cubans, jamacians, trinidadians, and yes, even hatians, when it comes to the education, i know from personal experience that the british school system is not a walk in the park. i have no real experience with any form of the caribbean hispanic education community, but i believe the people who apply themselves in the hispanic countries, along with people who apply themselves in the british countries can achieve great things. by simple race, and this will start an argument, the asian community (indian and chinese) within the british countries are usually the smartest students, and there are a good amount of them. alright i have work to do, i created this profile just to join this conversation, perhaps i'll come back. enjoy.
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:00 PM
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Fair enough. However, Cubans are still the most educated in Latin America.
Anyone would think that with so many well educated people, they would had found a way to make Cuba as wealthy as at least Chile or Uruguay. Socialism works better when a country is rich.
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