In a new worldwide evaluation of various cognitive skills, Americans have made a poor showing.
Americans performed below the international average on math, reading and problem-solving on the exam, known as the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. U.S. math skills lagged far behind top performers, including Japan and Finland. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, based in Paris, released the results early Tuesday.
A key sentence from the linked item:
The oldest U.S. adults were close to the international average, but American adults in every other age group performed far worse than the world average.
Do not believe for a moment, readers, that this age-related distribution in any way suggests that the education of our youth is in decline.
Remember, always: our republic enjoys consistent gains in all social metrics!
Is it not true that today No Child is Left Behind, and every pupil in need gets a Head Start?
Furthermore, it is known by all that high-school graduation rates are up!
If only we had the cognitive skills to understand what the actual problem could be…