I was born in USSR and went to a Soviet school. I left Russia right after the ‘90s. I am currently visiting the motherland and in my opinion, the standards of education and the level of intelligence here are much much lower than they used to be. Maybe it’s because, as someone mentioned earlier, the brightest have left the country (and keep leaving), but the amount of ignorance is astonishing, at least to me. I have both Russian and American diplomas. I’d say that American college system makes higher education more mmm engaging. But then if in Russia it’s common sense to finish high school and then proceed to university, in the States not finishing high school and dropping out of college aren't considered as something tragic.