U.S. education system is lacking in comparison to other top countries

Here in the United States, many people consider it to be one of the greatest countries in the world. If you were to look at the statistics though, The U.S. comes in 10th place in “The World Top 20 Education Poll Ranking.” In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, the U.S. was participating in the “Space Race” and because of that, we severely cared about our education system and improving it. Because that “race” ended decades ago, there is no longer a rush to improve education in the U.S., but should this really be the case? As a student of a public high school in the United States, I feel a bit cheated by my own country. Why is the U.S. not putting education first; does it not make sense to teach children well, so that one day they may lead the country better than it was ever led before? Hopefully one day, the U.S. will have the top ranking in education, so that if I ever have children, I feel that they are getting the best education possible.