In 2003, the USA came 24th out of 29 countries when education attainment was measured. (Programme for International Student Assessment - Wikipedia.)
In 2007, Finland and South Korea were the top in education, according to a major international study.
The three-yearly Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) showed that Finland and Korea were in the top five for reading and maths.
"The UK has shown a downward turn in its standing - leaving the top 10 for both maths and reading despite an increase in spending on education." (Finland stays top of global class )
The UK was in 24th place for maths and 17th for literacy. (Pisa international rankings )
The last time we visited an international school, we were told that the most polite and hard working kids were the Scandinavians, Koreans, Japanese and Chinese.
The most disturbed and disruptive kids were the British, Americans and Australians.
This might suggest that the English language media has corrupted British, American and Australian families, and hurt educational attainment.
The Guardian reported on what happened in Bhutan when TV arrived.