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No decline in America's education ranking

You always hear that America's schools are in decline, and the annual rankings of the US vs other countries seems to support that, but it turns out that it isn't true (also see Daily Howler). Turns out we've always been at the bottom of the list.

As Kevin Drum says:

Now, we're still below average among these dozen countries, so this is hardly a glorious result. But we aren't doing any worse than we did in the supposed glory days of the 50s and 60s. We're doing better. And as Mathews says, "If we have managed to be the world's most powerful country, politically, economically and militarily, for the last 47 years despite our less than impressive math and science scores, maybe that flaw is not as important as film documentaries and political party platforms claim. And if, after so many decades of being shown up by much of the rest of the developed world, we are improving, it might be time to be more supportive of what we already doing to fix our schools."

By fnord12 | February 15, 2011, 12:24 PM | Liberal Outrage