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Dumbing down America: US adults trail globally in reading, maths skills and problem solving



by Joseph Earnest October 8, 2013


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—A recent research study that was conducted to measure the performance of US student and adults, shows Americans are lagging behind other developed nations in terms of competing in today's global economy. Adults between the 16 and 65 years old participated in the study which involved 21 countries that was conducted by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OEDC).


In terms of reading, math skills and problem solving, the United States fell far behind all the other developed nations, with Japan and Finland dominating the global market in all three areas.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a written statement, "These findings should concern all of us. They show our education system hasn’t done enough to help Americans compete — or position our country to lead — in a global economy that demands increasingly higher skills."

These studies could be an indication that the majority of American students are graduating from college and then hired into the workforce, not because of how intelligent or skillful they are, or how well they performed in school, therefore there is little or no incentive for such adults to want to improve their skills and compete on a global scale because they know they will always have a safety net.

In addition, Americans are constantly being "dumbed down" by the kind of shows on television, a basic lethargy in the school system, the chemicals put in the food and water supply and a lack of interest by Americans to learn about the rest of the world, or travel abroad to learn about other cultures or learn foreign languages.

When you have a population that is being dumbed down, you can easily control it because it tends to be dosile, complacent and ceases to use "critical thinking" which is a necessary skill for solving problems.

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Such apathy is self-evident in the research findings, considering the fact that the US is the most technologically advanced and financially prosperous country in the world.

Interestingly enough, regions like south Asia, Africa and the Middle East were excluded from the study, which would probably have had a dynamic impact on the results of the research.    Add Comments>>






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