Try not to have a good time, this is supposed to be educational
My cousins from the U.S are staying in Panama for a while with me, since here in Panama the school year is different, while they're off from school, I'm halfway through my school year. One of the many things that shocked them was the amount of homework I do everyday, and it's true, I have A LOT of homework every single day, but the thing is, if in Latin America the schools are so demanding and they keep us busy everyday, how is it that the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) shows that countries in the region have a low performance and high inequality level compared with other countries, almost two-thirds of Latin American students do not achieve satisfactory reading and math scores; so you are telling me that a child that spends seven hours a day at school and then goes home with two hours worth of homework and has approximately five tests per week, is not able to read correctly... I mean, there must be something wrong with Latin America's education.
As a student I can say that most of our teachers are very well prepared people, but they lack the ability to teach others, most of them don't have a method for teaching, so the classes are either boring or you don't understand anything they are talking about. As teachers they should make their classes more interesting so the students feel the need to hear what they are talking about. As a teen I know how hard paying attention can be when you haven't slept well and you just want to go home, that's why the teachers should be able to attract the students, to encourage them to study.
Even though  Latin America has done a great progress in educational coverage, when we compared the regions of the world in terms of long run economic growth, Latin America ranks at the bottom of the list and education has been identified as an important element of growth. The economist Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woesmann argue that the slow growth is directly related to the low achievement and poor learning that comes with each year of school in Latin America. 
The other day a friend and I  were talking about how we have a more intense education than the U.S. and still they are a world power and we are not even close to be one, I personally believe that one of the many reasons why this is happening is because, here you are educated to be a worker while in the U.S. you are educated as a leader, they have in mind how powerful they are and that's an awesome way of thinking. You attract what you believe, so if you believe you are capable of everything and can be #1, your mind and your environment will work together to get there, so imagine what millions of Americans can do with that set of mind.
I really hope one day this region realizes that their way of educating kids is not working, and if they want to grow economically they have to start with the future generations.
 
-Andrea