The situation in the US just boggles my mind. My first recent brush with it came after reading this post, then after reading Savage Inequalities and Doc, and again after reading this post.
Now, after reading this exchange between Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch on the blog Bridging Differences (HT to Borderland for the link), I understand the situation a little better, although it still boggles my mind: the gap between the rhetoric ("land of the free, home of the brave, best country in the world, if you don't like it - leave!") and the reality is so wide that "gap" doesn't cover it. It's more like the reality is the opposite of the rhetoric.