Average score, reading literacy, PISA, 2009:As you can see, the U.S. finished tied for 12th, “with Iceland and Poland,” among the 34 member nations. The U.S. outperformed such well-known nations as Germany, France, the U.K. Turkey is down the list with Chile and Mexico.
New Zealand 521
United States 500
United Kingdom 494
OECD average 493
Czech Republic 478
Slovak Republic 477
Quality of primary educationSOURCE: World Economic Forum, Executive Opinion Survey 2008, 2009
How would you assess the quality of primary schools in your country? (1 = poor; 7 = excellent—among the best in the world)
I was shocked to see USA ranked the same as Malaysia. I cannot understand why USA cannot improve the quality of education. Students interest in education seems to decline while students have increased opportunities for entertainment. Parents attitudes should improve about what is important in their children’s lives.
In Scandinavia more females are working so more mothers are away from home – does that make a difference in attitude and priorities? More mothers have careers of their own and females have fewer children on the average.
In many countries children’s education is more important than a parent’s work, or free time. In most countries in the top 50 workers get more paid days off than USA.
Quality of math and science educationSOURCE: World Economic Forum, Executive Opinion Survey 2008, 2009
How would you assess the quality of math and science education in your country’s schools? (1 = poor; 7 = excellent—among the best in the world)
We know from test scores that this is one of the key areas where USA needs to improve education to keep up with the rest of the world. Math and science education should teach students how to solve problems, know when they get it right, become more creative, gain self-confidence, and they should have fun learning.