Dutch legend has it that there was once a small boy who upon passing a dyke on his way to school noticed a slight leak as the sea trickled in through a small hole and to divert a possible flood by the waters, placed his small finger in the hole until help came to seal it and saved all from possible catastrophe. In May 2011, the Netherlands was ranked as the "happiest" country in the world according to the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), reflecting its high standard of living.
On Wednesday, April 23rd, Santaluces High School hosted 16 educators from the Netherlands along with Florida Atlantic University (FAU). FAU invited a group of high school teachers from the Netherlands who requested to visit an American high school. Since 2001, scholars from two universities in the Netherlands have visited FAU and its service area K-12 schools to learn about the education system in the United States. During this visit, FAU accommodated two faculty members and 14 students (high school teachers) from the Netherlands from April 21-24 and chose Santaluces High School as the model high school in Palm Beach County. The purpose of these on-site visits is to compare the educational systems in the Netherlands and United States, through observations and open dialogue with teachers and District faculty.
The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of twelve provinces in western Europe and three islands in the Caribbean. The European part of the Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east; and shares maritime borders with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. The Netherlands was one of the first countries in the world to have an elected parliament, and is governed as a parliamentary democracy organized as a unitary state. The capital city of the Netherlands, mandated by the constitution, is Amsterdam; however, the seat of government is located in The Hague. The Netherlands in its entirety is often referred to as "Holland", which in strict usage, refers only to North and South Holland, two of its provinces. The former usage is considered incorrect or informal, depending on the context, but is generally accepted when referring to the national football team
The Netherlands is a founding member of the EU, G-10, NATO, OECD, WTO and a part of the trilateral Benelux economic union. The country is host to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and five international courts: the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The first four are situated in The Hague, as is the EU's criminal intelligence agency Europol and judicial co-operation agency Eurojust. This has led to the city being dubbed "the world's legal capital". The Netherlands has a market-based mixed economy, ranking 17th of 177 countries according to the Index of Economic Freedom. It had the tenth-highest per capita income in the world in 2011.
The educational tool box is what is needed to fix America and with help through comparing and sharing with other nations it will become a better world for all. The axiom of old, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” must now be applied in the reverse … it’s broke America, now let us work together with others around the world to certify that being “‘made in America” is the gold seal standard of the West.
(See list below of quotes by American leaders)
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, April 2014