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Originally posted by OzWeatherman
When I first came to this website, three years ago, I was simply blown away by the in depth discussion, high quality of threads posted, and the heated yet, challenging debates of various view points on a great range of topics.
Should we love the people who think we are all born sinners, or the Muslims who think the entire West is corrupt, evil and trying to take over the world?
One of the more ominous findings in the latest study is that even the American students taking advanced courses could not measure up to students from other nations. In math, they ranked 15th out of 16 nations.
In physics, U.S. seniors ranked dead last. In general math and science, American seniors ranked near the bottom among 21 nations.
Japan and China, usually the gold-medal performers in past studies of younger grades, did not participate in the seniors' round of the multiyear study. Instead, U.S. seniors were outgunned in basic math by Sweden, Switzerland and Germany, among others; creamed in science by Canada; and overpowered in physics by the very country that is supposed to be looking to the United States for scientific expertise, Russia.
"Our students fare poorly on the largest, most comprehensive and most rigorous international comparison of education ever undertaken," said a disappointed Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences.