From The New York Times. … Something is so wrong in the USA of today … . Americans are obese/overweight. We don’t read, write, do math … In the 1950s and 1960s we were #1 in math and science. We had a great education system! Upward mobility? That’s what America was all about! Now … a culture of poverty. Low-wage jobs that pay so poorly people cannot survive. What is happening to our beloved country? – R. Tirella
U.S. Adults Fare Poorly in a Study of Skills
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
October 8, 2013
American adults lag well behind their counterparts in most other developed countries in the mathematical and technical skills needed for a modern workplace, according to a study released Tuesday.
The study, perhaps the most detailed of its kind, shows that the well-documented pattern of several other countries surging past the United States in students’ test scores and young people’s college graduation rates corresponds to a skills gap, extending far beyond school. In the United States, young adults in particular fare poorly compared with their international competitors of the same ages — not just in math and technology, but also in literacy.
More surprisingly, even middle-aged Americans — who, on paper, are among the best-educated people of their generation anywhere in the world — are barely better than middle of the pack in skills.
Arne Duncan, the education secretary, released a statement saying that the findings “show our education system hasn’t done enough to help Americans compete — or position our country to lead — in a global economy that demands increasingly higher skills.”
The study is the first based on new tests developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a coalition of mostly developed nations, and administered in 2011 and 2012 to thousands of people, ages 16 to 65, by 23 countries. Previous international skills studies have generally looked only at literacy, and in fewer countries. …
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