Apple makes a ""good"" product... And what is your definition of ""good""? Having to pay double, triple for their device and then FURTHER pay again and again for some apps to run on that device?! I don't agree. I pay very little for my devices (I build my own, actually) and pay ZERO for apps. I use FOSS or write my own app/script.
after all... a computer is just a commodity. They all can surf the web; they all can do FB or twattle or email or SMS or IRC; they all have development frameworks, tools, compilers, et.al. And by becoming emotionally attached to a single brand for which you spend double, triple what other low-cost brands cost for the exact same functionality is just IGNORANT. Unless you are all about "keeping up with the Jonses" and possessing what "they" have too. There is NOTHING useful which Apple has on their devices, that doesn't exist in a low-cost Linux box, or a low-cost FreeBSD box or an expensive Windoze box.
If they are so worried about their rights now, what about their rights being taken when the commonwealth banned and confiscated their firearms? Seems to me, the issue of rights started down the slippery slope way back then.
also, one other very important fact about Finland: a homogenous population of WHITE PEOPLE. No BLACKS, NO MESTIZOS.
most all you right about now, are furiously writing about my racism and intolerance and political IN-correctness. skip it. i've heard it all. the simple facts speak for themselves.
all those states you cited above that did best in testing, have a preponderance (ie: majority) of people of WHITE RACE. DC has more than 50% BLACK RACE CA has more than 50% central american mixed race mestizos of predominantly INDIAN RACE.
massachusetts is largely european whites. DC is largely blacks. california is largely central american agricultural indian mestizos (white/black/indian but mostly indian)
it is all about race. you don't see asian immigrant kids struggling when they first arrive. because they have great genes. take a look of the racial makup of mexifornia from the last census. tells you the whole story. mexicans, guatamalans, salvadorans, hondurans, are the top countries of origin for students. and they are almost all mixed race indians mayans, aztecs, and all the other prehistoric peoples of central america. their brains have not evolved past the 8th or 9th century.
No surprise there. And it has nothing to do with 1) parents 2) teachers 3) democarst 4) republicans. It is a racial thing. You see, most of the White and Asians are leaving Mexifornia to the blacks and indians. That lowers the IQ of the students greatly. Don't believe it? Check out the average IQ of a Hatian person. It is 67. Wonder why? Well, what race are 95% of Hatians? guess. And then you have the Mexicans. They are all just a mixed race bunch of indians. Not from India. They are indians like aztecas, mayans, toltecs, olmecs. Or their descendants. With a pinch of white Spanish blood thrown in. So you can be sure that their IQ isn't much better than blacks. With such a low IQ among the remaining citizens in Mexifornia, it isn't surprising that the children of such low IQ mixed races can't fathom anything about science nor math either.