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The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on Friday released the initial results of an international survey of adult skills in literacy and mathematics, revealing that Americans rank 21st in “numeracy” and are tied for 15th in literacy among adults in 23 advanced economies.
American adults also scored below the average in both numeracy and literacy for all respondents in all 23 advanced economies.
Japan and Finland ranked first and second in both categories and Italy and Spain took the bottom two spots in both.
reply to post by xuenchen
I believe it.
I'd never claim to be the brightest spoon in the shed, but I like to think I'm smarter than the average bear. And I will be the first person to say that I suck at math. That's why we invented calculators isn't it?
Well I would point out a couple things here.
1. It doesn't matter how much the average person knows math since anything beyond the basics is not generally required unless its part of the field you are in.
2. That being said, I would be interested to see how our top guys who use high level math consistently measure up against other nations top guys. That is far more telling then how well the hardware clerk down the street can figure out equations.
3. I'd say this fact was actually relevant if the top scorers on this test weren't in as bad, if not worse shape than the US is. Apparently, being good at math is not a requirement of having a successful nation.
4. The ability to find out the answer by knowing where to go is far more important than knowing how to do calculations yourself. Unless your in a position where instantaneous mathematical problems need to be solved within seconds, a person usually has time to pull out a calculator or cheat sheet or internet program.
If a politicians neck is four inches long....and a lobbyist's neck is 3.5 inches long...and the average American has his neck 1/2 foot deep in the sand.
How long until "we're borrowing 60 billion a day" actually destroys the dollar?
(Word problems get em every time.)edit on 20-10-2013 by badgerprints because: (no reason given)