We in Ukraine are striving to reach the level of the West, and while striving, we don’t understand that we already surpassed them.
I make this conclusion based comparing young people in US and Ukraine. We, young Ukrainians, and Russians as well, were brought up during deep economic recession and because of this turned out more firm, with more patience and diligence.
Most of Americans, and probably Europeans as well, had comfortable childhoods that did not require any effort on their side. They had everything they need – toys, food, entertainment and no responsibilities. In American schools, if you do minimum effort – you get the highest mark, which is not the case in Ukraine. US school curriculum is behind ours by at least two years.