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1 aagcobb  Wed, Jul 13, 2011 8:15:43am

I found this interesting article that claims the US actually has more scientists than jobs available for them. It claims that the reason US test scores look mediocre by world standards is because low income black and hispanic students score so poorly. But scientists come from the pool of top scorers, and the US educational system produces those at a very high level by international standards.

2 SpaceJesus  Wed, Jul 13, 2011 10:46:41am

Fuck yeah CT

3 Hal_10000  Wed, Jul 13, 2011 11:14:16am

Comparisons of US to China are especially problematic because only the best students are allowed to take the tests.

4 Laughing Gas  Wed, Jul 13, 2011 11:51:45am

re: #1 aagcobb

I found this interesting article that claims the US actually has more scientists than jobs available for them. It claims that the reason US test scores look mediocre by world standards is because low income black and hispanic students score so poorly. But scientists come from the pool of top scorers, and the US educational system produces those at a very high level by international standards.

I've been saying this for a while; US education is really not that bad. There's a huge discrepancy between inner-city schools and suburban schools with mostly middle-class students.

5 Spocomptonite  Wed, Jul 13, 2011 11:56:56am

re: #4 Juice

I've been saying this for a while; US education is really not that bad. There's a huge discrepancy between inner-city schools and suburban schools with mostly middle-class students.

It's not inner-city schools. Otherwise why would Idaho, Nebraska, and North Dakota be below/ far below average, while New York and New Jersey are well above average?

No, it has more to do with culture (in many rural areas, education just isn't a top priority in life) and poverty (particularly mentioned by aagcobb in #1)


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