USA Strives for Mediocrity in S&T

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    Our administration strives for mediocrity. I am not surprised, either.
    CNSNews.com - White House Science ?Czar? Tells Students: U.S. Can?t Expect to Be Number One in Science and Technology Forever

    What 'leaders' tell folks not to aim for the top?

    AFP: Apollo hero Armstrong condemns Obama space plan

    Even Armstrong, who is vehement about staying out of the press as much as possible, cannot keep silent about the trends.
     
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    I can hear it now..."We're number 2!, we're number 2!..." Until of course we slide even farther down in the rankings.

    Where does Barry find all these idiots?
     
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    they don't want to be number 1...it makes us unlikeable
     
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    Are we really number 1 in S&T?
     
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    U.S. teens have weak practical math skills
    Test finds Americans score as well as top foreign kids but lag in real-world applications
    By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY

    U.S. high school students match their peers in other nations when it comes to math skills. But ask them to apply those skills to real-world situations and things begin to look a bit bleak, a new study suggests.

    The nation's 15-year-olds make a poor showing on a newly released international test of practical math applications, ranking 24th out of 29 industrialized nations, behind South Korea, Japan and most of Europe. U.S. students' scores were comparable to those in Poland, Hungary and Spain.

    Results of the test, known as the Program for International Student Assessment, were released Monday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group of industrialized nations. It's administered every three years, this time in 29 OECD nations and 10 others. This is the first time the test has included practical math applications.

    U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige called the results "a blinking warning light" that shows the need to reform U.S. high schools. Most of the students tested were 10th-graders.

    USA TODAY Education - Math, Science and Technology
     
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    Especially when our academic programs emphasize creationism, deny global warming and refuse to fund stem cell research
     
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    I think we are wise to keep our kids out of the high pressure of success. They have enough to deal with. No reason to push them to be their best. As long as they just try.
     
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    Ah, I see the source of your idiocy - your poor education.
     
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    Frankly, for all the hard work and frustration you have to deal with in being a scientist, as many of your experiments don't work, the publish or perish standards of success in science, and the low salaries for years and years of hard work, no wonder people don't strive to be scientists.

    And then you have so many peopel in this country who like fantasy over reality, and bash science at any chance they get, meanwhile benefitting from all the technologies science can bring.

    We need to stop babying kids in school and making passing through primary school so easy, and stop complaining when school is hard and how much work kids need to do. In so many countries, many kids learn in HS what our kids don't learn until college. But we still have great universities though.

    that means there will be many unable to pass, but we shouldn't dumb down the curriculum for those that struggle academically. Raise the standards
     
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    :lol: And this is just a brilliant response, you are the epitome of idiocy if you are going to defend the teaching of fantasy over reallity
     

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