The New Yorker has run an article reviewing a survey along with a number of derived diagrams which was executed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a Paris-based forum and research group. The first of three diagrams presented in the article is below. I wish I could say that this is the worst for the United States, but rather, sadly, it is the beginning of a trend.
Many have raised alarms that the United States is falling behind in terms of educational (and, I would add motivational) achievement. This next chart shows that the United States scored 260.9, putting it second to last, above Italy in basic literacy.
This final chart (which shows proficiency in numeracy among sixteen-to-twenty-four-year-olds) carries forward with the trend of Finland’s youth coming out on or near the top while the The United States was dead last.
- Charts: We’re Doomed … But It’s Not Too Late (scholasticadministrator.typepad.com)
- Chart of the Week: A U.S. Human Development Index (axis4group.wordpress.com)
- Two Depressing Charts That Show Where US Students Score In Science And Math (businessinsider.com)
- Italy and Spain come bottom of OECD’s literacy and numeracy league tables (theguardian.com)
- A Threat to American Prosperity Worse Than Congress – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)