I enjoy the Olympics, and I root for the U.S. as my country by naturalization. I also root for international players I recognize, like Yao Ming and Svetlana Abrosimova. My favorite events are volleyball and basketball, and I'm a sports fan in general, but the Olympics also make me think of the emphasis the U.S. places on sports. I can't help but wonder where we'd be—how many world problems we could solve—if we placed as much value on education as we do on sports.
I wonder how we'd fare in calculus, reading comprehension, and writing competitions as is.