Just as the US has large income disparities, it also has large educational disparities. In fact, the US has many of the highest scoring students in the world. We have many magnet science and technology schools which have extremely high scores. And we have a lot of other students who might as well be living in the third world. All the nations with high country scores are ones which have highly uniform educational standards and resources unlike this joint. The entire system of state and local-controlled school boards (which are often highly politicized) is a disaster. Connecting educational revenues to property taxes is a horrible idea which has had catastrophic results in states like California.
How many times do we need to get this same old rhetoric and yet we get people from all over the world flying in 24/7, plus all other ports of entry receiving a mind boggling number of legal immigrants....let alone the thousands trying to sneak in every day illegaly...... We must have been doing something right day in day out consistently for over 200 years.
I was very lucky to have a plethora of scientists, engineers & musicians in my extended family during my formative years. Also some really great teacher's in my early years of education. I am glad that I am well informed in these areas because of them.
We've been in the middle of the pack for years. It's just showing we're consistent and holding steady. What it doesn't show is that we lead the world on innovation and the number of patents held. There is no correlation between scores on this test and success in business and industry.
So looking at this again, I’m curious what these scores even are. Without knowing a maximum score (I’ll assume zero is the minimum) the numbers are somewhat meaningless and arbitrary. The green, yellow and red categories also lose some meaning.
The higher the maximum score, the smaller the differences become. Now this may be all out of whack. After all, I’m from one of the yellow countries, so...