Gee, what a surprise:
The results from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which are being released on Tuesday, show that teenagers in the U.S. slipped from 25th to 31st in math since 2009; from 20th to 24th in science; and from 11th to 21st in reading, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which gathers and analyzes the data in the U.S.
We are number one! We are number one! We are number one! In…defense spending.
U.S. scores have been basically flat since the exams were first given in the early 2000s. They hover at the average for countries in the OECD except in math, where American students are behind the curve. Meanwhile, some areas—Poland and Ireland, for example—improved and moved ahead of the U.S., while the Chinese city of Shanghai, Singapore and Japan posted significantly higher scores.
Poland and Ireland are kicking our asses. But it’s totally okay because we are number one in defense spending!
The stagnant U.S. results are certain to spark more hand-wringing by politicians, business leaders and policy makers concerned that American students are not keeping pace with counterparts in other countries.
Oh, please. Bullshit. This decline has been going on for a very long time; it’s nothing new. Educating the rubes is just not a priority for America’s Owners or their puppets in Congress. We spend more on prisons than education.
Priorities: we have them.
It’s all good though, because we are number one in defense spending. And illiterate rubes make excellent cannon fodder for imperialist wars.