nyp – It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday. Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test. Beyond basic reading and math, respondents were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement due to a salesman, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags. Not only did Americans score poorly compared to many international competitors, the findings reinforced just how large the gap is between the nation’s high- and low-skilled workers and how hard it is to move ahead when your parents haven’t. In both reading and math, for example, those with college-educated parents did better than those whose parents did not complete high school. The study, called the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, found that it was easier on average to overcome this and other barriers to literacy overseas than in the United States.
Hope I didn’t scare any of you dummies off with the word “study”.
Actually, let’s try to see why our people are so stupid. Let’s go to the current front page of the New York Post, the publication who posted this story:
Can’t give people a shitty education, fill them with nothing but trash television, celebrity bullshit news, and ranch dressing, then expect a bunch of geniuses to pop out. Doesn’t make sense. It’s not that Asian people are inherently any smarter than we are. I mean yeah maybe they are but that’s no excuse for American kids with poor parents having a harder time becoming successful than kids with poor parents in other countries. Upward mobility was OUR THING. Seeing the American middle class tumble is like showing up to Italy and not finding any pizza better than Little Caesars.
Time to step it up, everybody.