US students are getting worse at math as science and reading skills stagnate

This is what happens when school administrators are concerned that everyone receives a participation trophy and coddle special snowflakes. Maybe they should focus more on real education instead of worrying about which bathrooms transgenders should use.

American Federation of Teachers union members wear "Obama, Biden 2012" shirts as they wait in line to hear U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speak during their AFT convention in Detroit, Michigan, July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

American Federation of Teachers union members wear “Obama, Biden 2012” shirts as they wait in line to hear U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speak during their AFT convention in Detroit, Michigan, July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

From Daily Mail: Americans students are having major math problems and have fallen behind the rest of the world, a new study has revealed. The latest global snapshot of student performance shows declining math scores in the U.S., while performances in science and reading stagnated.

The concerning findings were part of the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) study, which looks into the performance of more than 500,000 15-year-olds across schools in more than 70 countries. Just under 6,000 students took part in American schools.

The top performing country in all three categories was Singapore, while Hong Kong and Macau were second and third in mathematics. Japan and Estonia, and Canada and Hong Kong rounded out the top-three in science and reading, respectively.  The U.S. ranked 40th in math, 24th in reading, and 25th in science.

‘We’re losing ground – a troubling prospect when, in today’s knowledge-based economy, the best jobs can go anywhere in the world,’ Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said after the results were published. ‘Students in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Minnesota aren’t just vying for great jobs along with their neighbors or across state lines, they must be competitive with peers in Finland, Germany, and Japan.’

Education Secretary John King

Education Secretary John King

Math was a stubborn concern, the experts identifying the drop off the result of something that has been building for years. The U.S. average score was 470, below the international average of 490. Singapore topped the math chart with an average of 564. The American score was 12 points lower than it was in 2012 and 18 points lower than in 2009. The tests are based on a 1,000-point scale.

‘This pattern that we’re seeing in mathematics seems to be consistent with what we’ve seen in previous assessments – everything is just going down,’ Peggy Carr, acting commissioner at the National Center for Education Statistics, said.

Andreas Schleicher, director of education and skills at OECD, said the struggle of American students in math was in part due to their inability to solve more complex problems. ‘Students are often good at answering the first layer of a problem in the United States,’ Schleicher said. ‘But as soon as students have to go deeper and answer the more complex part of a problem, they have difficulties.’

Moving away from math, the study also found U.S. students were right around the international average in science and reading. Americans scored 496 in science, compared to a global mean of 493, and 497 in reading, compared to 493. Scores in both categories have remained flat since 2009. The study is the latest to document how American students are under-performing their peers in several Asian nations.

ATF President Randi Weingarten

ATF President Randi Weingarten

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) described the results as ‘disappointing but not surprising’. ‘They were predictable given the impact of the last 15 years of U.S. education policies combined with continuing state disinvestment following the 2008 recession. Thirty-one states still spend less per pupil than before the recession,’ AFT President Randi Weingarten said.

Judge Judy shakes head rolls eyes

National Center on Education and the Economy President Marc Tucker said the test proves the U.S. needs to look at what works for ‘smarter countries’ around the world and adopt those methods. ‘It is critical to look not only at their average high performance, but also at the strategies they use to achieve much greater equity across and within schools compared to the United States,’ Tucker said.

The test is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and conducted every three years. Schools included in each country are randomly selected.


17 responses to “US students are getting worse at math as science and reading skills stagnate

  1. As a “Recovering Public High School Teacher” I can tell you stories to curl your hair. It is a shame when you have to read the kids their diplomas when they graduate.

    I did 20 years in the US military, much of this time in a combat unit. After retiring, I could only manage to stay 7 years in the public education system.

    At least the military allowed me to shoot back.

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  2. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick as Secretary of Education, is a longtime supporter of charter schools and school vouchers.
    January 20, 2017 can’t come soon enough.

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  3. Isn’t Common Core another factor in dumbing down students?

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  4. School for “snowflakes” today:

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  5. But… but Play-Duo Skills and Marxist Appreciation are on the rise!

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  7. Wow, how depressing but not surprising since the “dumbing down” has been ongoing for decades. I first noticed it in the 1980s from the work of newbies who began working at the office where I was working. Yikes. They couldn’t spell, their sentence structure was bad, punctuation, etc., plus they couldn’t type very well.

    It’s worse now (nobody in extended family can stand reading anything. Whaaaat happened?!)

    Would love to hear those toe-curling stories from RLJohnson, above. 🙂

    Good for Singapore for being the tops in all three categories. They must be on the ball over there. Here’s a beautiful sight: 2,000 young Singaporians as backup Choir; great violinist, too; Old Testament-based song, Baruch Adonai (disclaimer: Not a fan of BHinn but love the choir!):

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    It’s not just about money & education policies, as those teacher orgs said.

    Below is info I put together a full five years ago for a nephew who had gone to college to be a teacher (but when wife & babies came along he switched gears). Even though older info, they are excellent sources for understanding the Big Picture re American Education (hope all links still work!)

    1_Book: John Taylor Gatto, “The Underground History of American Education”:

    Former teacher John Taylor Gatto’s book, also online as ebook:

    John Taylor Gatto book review:
    Sam says:
    September 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm
    A truly great book on exactly this topic:

    John Taylor Gatto, “The Underground History of American Education.”

    This book is the author’s hugely readable writeup of his own deep and career-long (almost 30 years) investigation into what has really been going on in American schools.

    Gatto had a whole long career as a Manhattan school teacher, and the school administration tried to get rid of him, and he wouldn’t let them! For example, he once came back from a 2-week vacation to have the school personnel office inform him that he no longer worked there! (and, that his personel file no longer existed!)

    Here is the author’s own one-sentence “book blurb” — quoted from his website: “At Last — An award–Winning teacher pulls back the curtain to reveal the actual ‘Fourth Purpose’ for which Mass Forced Schooling was conceived.”

    That’s a very accurate capsule description of the book. But it gives no idea of what a high-quality book this is, in terms of content, profundity, and fun reading — and especially in terms of its USEFULNESS to people who are learning what is actually going on in the world.

    I believe the whole book is now readable online at this page of the author’s website (there’s a little inconspicuous “READ” link down at the bottom of the page):

    I really can’t recommend this book strongly enough.

    <br />2_<b>Dean Gotcher:  "Dialectic and Praxis (Diaprax): How the Marxist Hegelian Dialectic is being perpetrated in schools & every other institution of society":</b> 3-hour lecture:
    "Dean Gotcher ( expertly exposes the deception of the dialectic. Communism, Socialism, Darwinism, Marxism, Atheism, Fascism -- all share one common foundation, namely Humanism..."
    Dean Gotcher almost became a teacher like his mother had been... until he was in college & realized what he would have to do to the kids, ie, "process" (indoctrinate) them & purposefully warp their thinking.  He read 600 "social psychology" books in order to dissect & explain the Marxists' long-ongoing plan.  He has 2,400 power point slides of direct quotes from their books (but only could include 100 in this lecture).  Excellent 3-hr. lecture @ youtube.  Though the lighting is dark the content is excellent!  I have the DVD which can be obtained at  Gotcher's above website; or from here for $5, which is where I got it:
    Suppressed Videos - Community - Oswego, NY | Facebook:
    Send email:

    3_Charlotte Iserbyt: “The Secret History of Western Education & Scientific Destruction of Minds”: 1-hr. 15-min. video:

    More Info:
    “June 19, 2011: Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt served as the head of policy at the Department of Education during the first administration of Ronald Reagan. While working there she discovered a long term strategic plan by the tax exempt foundations to transform America from a nation of rugged individualists and problem solvers to a country of servile, brainwashed minions who simply regurgitate whatever they’re told.

    “Iserbyt breaks down how conditioning/training under a corporate agenda has replaced traditional education, leading to a deliberate dumbing down of Americans. Iserbyt further explains how Reagan signed agreements merging the U.S. and Soviet systems under the United Nations banner, turning over education and many other areas of public policy to global control.”

    Also: Charlotte Iserbyt: “the deliberate dumbing down of america” – one of her books now free online:

    <br />4_<b>John Kirkwood:  "INDOCTRI-NATION: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America":</b> 
    DVD & author interview 11/6/11:
    "Pastor John Kirkwood interviews with Colin Gunn and clips from his documentary 'IndoctriNation.'
    Subject – <b>Public Education, the systematic and organized elimination of Christian thought and reference in public schools":</b>
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    <b>IndoctriNation - Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America:</b>

    5_An older DVD: “History of American Education: From Harvard Scholars to Worker-Bees for the New World Order”:

    Description: “In this eye-opening video, based on Psalm 78 and Judges 2:10, you will learn about America’s first school, first school law, first school text book, first teachers’ union, and their Christian foundations. Try to pass a first grade test from New England Primer and Webster’s Blue-Backed Speller. Discover classic McGuffey Readers and Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. See Americans’ first law-books, Blackstone’s Commentaries on Law, that used Bible verses for footnotes.

    “See what caused the radical turning point of the ‘Dumbing down of education’ by two left-wing socialists, Horace Mann and John Dewey, in the mid 1800’s and early 1900’s. You will be shocked by ‘Prayer Police’ in our schools, a textbook with a ‘Witch License Application,’ and a tenth grade English assignment on ‘How to kill your best friend’ plus the myth of ‘Separation of Church and State’.

    “Discover the horrifying agenda of the National Education Association, Kinsey Institute, S.I.E.C.U.S., and also the homosexual agenda to teach preschoolers the ‘ABC’s of being gay’ and first graders’ ‘Gay-Ed for Tots’.

    “See how the gradual infiltration of secular humanism, values clarification, situation ethics, alternative lifestyles, progressive education, and behavior modification led to well orchestrated take-over of our schools.

    “See an 18 page letter to Hillary Clinton on how to take over our schools Marxist-Lenist style. Understand the real role of ‘Goals 2000′ and ‘School-To-Work’. Learn how U.N. ‘World Core Curriculum’ and its philosophy came from a ‘demon spirit guide’ through a channeler named Annie Besant.”

    Can get above DVDs $5:
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    DISCLAIMER: I have no financial affiliation with any sites selling DVDs!

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  9. Globalists and a deteriorating gene pool are the root causes of dumbing down. In less than 10 years, the standard for writing has rolled back from 5th grade to 3rd grade.

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  10. Budget cuts from the economy eh…………………
    If we are to buy that explanation, can we have the stats from the other countries, and compare the cost. In my county it costs 27,000 per child to teach, and we all know the teacher is getting a very small part of that money!

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  11. Goobermint ejumikashion, brought to you by Jihad Jimmy and his precious Department of Indoc…er…Education.

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