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Old 03-13-2012, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Macao
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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?
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Tough to say really.. look at the technology that they live with. Look at their living conditions, it is almost depressing. I would have a hard time believing that they have a wonderful educational system and saying they are better educated than say a country like the Dominican Republic.

I'm not really too sure how you are comparing it either, but I know that I'd never want to live in Cuba in its current condition. Those people are very very very poor.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:51 PM
 
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If educated means extolling the virtues of the Socialist system, then yes.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:06 AM
 
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You find many people that are extremely well educated, but they descend from people that were extremelly well educated before the communist revolution of 1959.

Cuba showed to the world that education is acquired at home.

Cuban education system is a mess since the USSR floundered, now there are no teachers. Who wants to work as a teacher for 20 Euros? Older kids teach young kids, a mess.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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Literacy rates in Cuba are extremely high, illiteracy is almost non-existent there.

So, yes, I believe that Cubans are, in average, more educated than people from other Caribbean islands.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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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.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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If educated means extolling the virtues of the Socialist system, then yes.
I think he means by literacy rate and/or overall academic achievement. In which case, yes.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:06 PM
 
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Cuban doctors are great. I had one for a while. Very decent people.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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You find many people that are extremely well educated, but they descend from people that were extremelly well educated before the communist revolution of 1959.

Cuba showed to the world that education is acquired at home.

Cuban education system is a mess since the USSR floundered, now there are no teachers. Who wants to work as a teacher for 20 Euros? Older kids teach young kids, a mess.
I've read that they have a decent healhcare system though and they have a high life expectancy. The medical professionals there must all be home grown talent? I hope the country becomes free, but not in an American sense where predatory capitalism comes into play. Wasn't that the case under Batista?
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:10 AM
 
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I've read that they have a decent healhcare system though and they have a high life expectancy. The medical professionals there must all be home grown talent? I hope the country becomes free, but not in an American sense where predatory capitalism comes into play. Wasn't that the case under Batista?

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The healthcare system worked well until the 80's, depending on the funds received from the USSR.

Cuba received 5.000.000.000 million dollars from the USSR every year until the Glasnot, the country should have had the best healtcare system in the world with all that money, but in certain areas it was a mess.

Statistics are not to be trusted since there's no independent verification.

Just another thing, Cuba was never comparable with other Caribbean islands.

Batista was a populist and corrupt dictator, he tried to remove politics using very drastic and cruel measures but promoted a pax romana with important works and economic activity (more commissions). Old people in Cuba use to say "if you did not mess with him, he didn't mess with you" (not the case of Castro). The problem with Castro is that he messed the economy and lived during 30 years from Soviet subsidies. Currently, Cuba does not produce sugar, and buys sugar to a Cuban sugar producer in Florida...Cuba buys 80 percent of all foodstuffs to the US, since "Agrarian Reform" collectivized land and brought until the rationing card was imposed in 1962. In 1959, Cuba doubled Spain in GDP.

During Batista, the economy worked quite well but people wanted democracy. In fact, if you visit Cuba, you will find that the entire infrastructure of the country (most hospitals included) predate Castro. Russians still wonder what did he do with all that money.

Well, as to the current state of the health system....almost no good doctors, they are all in Venezuela or abroad. You need to pay your way (gifts) to hurry up attention, purchase medicine in the black market. Dentistry is very good. Optics, you can have your presciption glasses made for a couple of euros (no progressive).

My conclusion, the country reminds me of Rome 50 years after the Ostrogoths, they haven't done a thing or they have spent billions in crazed projects invented by Castro, just entirely crazy projects like growing peaches in Cuba or making the best Camembert cheese, etc. (I'm not kidding).

Everybody knows how to read and write, but with atrocius grammatic errors. When you find somebody with a flamboyant university title that is not capable of writing a letter without 20 errors, something is wrong.

Older professionals are better, the ones that studied before the revoluton are the best doctors (Alvarez Cambra, Khoury, etc). Castro does not trust doctors that studied during the last 52 years..so Cuban doctors that take care of him are very old, he prefers foreign doctors (Egyptian, Spanish, Brazilian).

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