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against other countries:
- Primary education enrollment rate: #58
- Quality of primary education: #38
- Quality of math and science education: #47
- Quality of scientific research institutions: #6
But is it really all that bad?
American adults, on average, score worse on math, reading, and problem-solving using technology than the international average, says a research study called the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. Researchers tested about 166,000 people in more than 20 countries. The findings were just as bad for Italy and Spain, though, so if you believe the study, at least we have company.
The highest scores came from Japan, Finland, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
So can we catch up?
Not without time… and money.
Jacob Kirkegaard, an economist with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, says, “If you want to avoid having an underclass—a large group of people who are basically unemployable—this educational system is absolutely key.”
What Do You Think?
Are you satisfied with public education in the U.S.? I’d love to hear your take on it, so please feel free to share your thoughts on my Facebook page or on Twitter.
The United States doesn’t rank very highly among other developed nations when it comes to education.
In fact, we rank in 28th place across the world for quality of education. To be even more specific, here’s how we stack up
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