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The tweetosphere was a-flutter late last week when <em>The Onion</em> claimed children were being held hostage by a "group of armed Congressmen." One reason this is not funny is because it's metaphorically true.
When Americans learned earlier this week that their schooling system lagged significantly behind those in Asian countries like China, Singapore, South Korea, and Hong Kong, President Obama labeled the event as another "Sputnik" moment.