Spent a month in Europe and was amazed to see the irish base advancement on these sorts of exams. We can't test our kids for fear of them doing poorly while the Irish discuss high school tests in bars, on the TV and the newspaper. We need to do the sort of rigorous testing the Irish do. There is a reason for the Celtic tiger. Also got to spend great time is pubs talking politics as it was election time. Europeans love Obama. And great booze!! Why do we conservatives have all the fun? Hmmmmm?