http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRxVJp9ZasteDjlXTj3fYELVgm253kxGujnw9Xj0R-zJZHh-tdo036cqvoBy Shannon K. O'Neil. When people talk about what holds Brazil back, education tops the list (along with infrastructure). The poor quality of Brazil’s public education system limits students’ capabilities and adaptability, creates mismatches between workers’ skills and companies’ needs, and stifles productivity and entrepreneurship. These limits affect the entire economy—hampering economic growth, competitiveness, research & development, and even oil production (as Petrobras has struggled to find skilled workers for its pre-salt finds). More...