On the last Program for International Student Assessment, a well regarded standardized test, students in Shanghai outscored their American counterparts in every subject. But it's not just the Chinese we're trailing; we ranked 23rd and 32nd, respectively, in science and math, well behind dozens of our international economic competitors. Additionally, the World Economic Forum ranks the United States 48th in quality of mathematics and science education.
Norman Augustine, lead author of the Congressional report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economy, believes that our public school system compares abysmally with those of other developed nations, particularly in the fields of science, mathematics and technology.
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