My local Mercedes dealer tried to rip me off, telling me I needed rotors when I only needed pads (the rotors are visible through the wheels and you could easily see they were fine). When I asked them for the rotor measurement, they were suddenly interested in replacing them for free, but only after they realized they couldn't rip me off.
This is how mortgage companies get around the "you can't own Escrow companies" law. ABC Mortgage... meet ABC Escrow, an "independently-owned" corporation which only works exclusively with ABC Mortgage.
If these other countries' education systems are so great, then why is everything invented in America? Because we (used to) take the time to allow people to think creatively. This includes recess, music, art and after-school playing around the neighborhood. As these things disappear from the education system, so will our lead in invention.