The latest figures are out and in the international 2009 results we have good news - the freefall of America has stopped; we've settled in nicely for another year in the the 25th slot on math (a barbaric science best left to Nordic countries and the Asians) and 17th in science. [The survey is every 3 years] We were 25th in math in 2006 but out of 30 countries, rather than 34 OECD this time around - hence we're movin' on up like the Jeffersons. (take that Luxembourg.... Latvia, we own you!) And as for reading? Killed it. 40th percentile in the OECD baby. I knew a generation of addicted text messengers would yield results. USA! USA! USA!
I imagine somewhere a teacher union head is denouncing these results as statistically insignificant and egregiously flawed. Further these type of studies cause people to "teach to the test" hence are unfair (and mean). The socialists up north in Canada and in Finland continue to do well (obviously they spent 250 days a year teaching to this test)... and Asians are dominant. (300 days a year teaching to the test) Shanghai top marks in all 3; Hong Kong and Singapore right behind.
In a related note my weekly sojourn to Burger King netted a charge of $5.77. After handing said cashier $6.00 at which time she was able to use the computer to create the precise change amount of $0.23 I kindly offered an additional 2 pennies to her. To which a mix of confusion, horror, and darting eyes stared back. If only she was Canadian.
Here are the top 10 - remember we are still #1 in creativity (just ask us) and the ability to build apps for the iPhone. With the the #1 ranking in printing little green pieces of paper, that is all that matters.