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Old 07-12-2013, 12:01 PM
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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.
Maybe because there are many socialists among us?
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:38 AM
 
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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.


They would be a very rich country if they were capitalists, they would be richer than Miami. Cuba is not socialist, but communist.

They made Miami rich, not only the golden exile, but the rest also.

No comparison whatsoever with their neighbours.

As to doctors, Cuban doctors are good as attested by hundreds of internationalistic missions. Problem is that Brazil probably asked money beforehand, some corrupt scheme, you can expect anything.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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In many nations outside of Cuba, many Cubans go to those nations. Many other Caribbean nations, outside of Cuba, have Cuban doctors aiding and helping out and working in the medical fields. Cubans are pretty important abroad in the medical field etc.
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:20 AM
 
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Cubans must attend school until they are 16 and they don't have to pay for it. There are no industries with lots of jobs for kids under 16 to lure them away from school as you see in many poorer parts of Latin America. Parents generally don't have the option to force their kids out of school to work, besides they wouldn't because kids are fed and clothed by state funds while they are students. With all these things in mind of course Cuba has among the highest literacy rates and is highly educated. The rest of the commentary about brain drain and the effects of a poor economy thanks to socialism aren't really relevant to the basic question of if the country is well educated.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:01 PM
 
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Cubans - more educated than Caribbean counterparts?

I've heard that Cuba has a great educational system. Do Cubans in general seem more or better educated than their other Carribbean counterparts?
Hmm, yes, most Cubans that i've met are educated. Most Trinidadians (of all ancestries) are also educated and do well in America.

One thing I noticed about Caribbean-Americans in general is that they are generally middle class to working class in the NYC region; while they are generally working class to low-income in Miami (for the exception of Cubans).

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Old 12-05-2013, 08:04 PM
 
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In many nations outside of Cuba, many Cubans go to those nations. Many other Caribbean nations, outside of Cuba, have Cuban doctors aiding and helping out and working in the medical fields. Cubans are pretty important abroad in the medical field etc.

Cuba has, or will soon, stop this as it has become very expensive. Don't know what people are going to do as in many places most of the local doctors are in private practice and so not available to the poor.

I have heard that one must be very careful about Cuban doctors. Some are what most will consider to be physicians, but others are merely medical aides.

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Old 12-05-2013, 08:09 PM
 
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Hmm, yes, most Cubans that i've met are educated. Most Trinidadians (of all ancestries) are also educated and do well in America.

One thing I noticed about Caribbean-Americans in general is that they are generally middle class to working class in the NYC region; while they are generally working class to low-income in Miami (for the exception of Cubans).


The middle class West Indians in Florida live in Broward. They are more educated, on average, than those from the NY area, and indeed many moved from there. Many also live in Central FL. I suspect these being even more middle class, given that many sold their homes in NY and bought in FL using their home equity.....lots of issues with under water mortgages, but that's another story.

There are loads of poor West Indians in NY. All of those ageing nannies who were not able to upgrade their occupation, and who have raised their kids in poor environments as a result.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:13 PM
 
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Cubans must attend school until they are 16 and they don't have to pay for it. There are no industries with lots of jobs for kids under 16 to lure them away from school as you see in many poorer parts of Latin America. Parents generally don't have the option to force their kids out of school to work, besides they wouldn't because kids are fed and clothed by state funds while they are students. With all these things in mind of course Cuba has among the highest literacy rates and is highly educated. The rest of the commentary about brain drain and the effects of a poor economy thanks to socialism aren't really relevant to the basic question of if the country is well educated.

From what I understand many kids no longer take education seriously. The "communist" system is in deep decay and can no longer provide as much employment as it once did. Hustling and employment in tourism in any case pays more, and one doesn't need to stay in school for that.

Taxi drivers make more than doctors, so why stay in school goes the logic. The notion that food and clothes are provided by the state must be serious Castro propaganda. Raul has said that hundreds of thousands of state workers will lose their jobs, meals at state entities will be stopped, and that Cubans must learn to fend for themselves.

And if Venezuela kicks out Maduro all hell will break out in Cuba as that owe Venezuela billions for their oil.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:15 PM
 
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:25 PM
 
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Cuba has, or will soon, stop this as it has become very expensive. Don't know what people are going to do as in many places most of the local doctors are in private practice and so not available to the poor.

I have heard that one must be very careful about Cuban doctors. Some are what most will consider to be physicians, but others are merely medical aides.
Well I've seen it and lived among the trend of Cubans in various islands studying medicine or doing their research and medicine work in various Caribbean islands and also volunteering and helping out.

It's also common for Cubans to go to Venezuela for such although I know there is controversy or disputes in relations and regulations between Cuba and Venezuela.

What also could happen in the future is the sense of a brain drain and the best and the brightest being used etc. Only time will tell.
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