Wednesday, December 18, 2013


It is often reported that students in the United States underachieve on academic tests compared to a substantial proportion of the world.  This reporting hasn't sat quite right with me and I couldn't quite put my finger on why these headlines were misleading, if they were in fact statistically accurate.

Lets keep the record straight.  Let the same media report the following comparisons,  how do our mixed American nationalities compare to their home countries.

For example, lets compare our American Mexicans to Mexicans in Mexico.  Lets compare our American Germans to Germans in Germany. Lets compare American Russians to Russians in Russia.  When this is done, we will have a much more accurate picture of whether substantial portions of our media are either lazy, biased or accurate on whether in fact our children really do underachieve.


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