So it has been determined that the kids of the U.S. are 48 out of 133 in Mathematics and Science. That puts us in the top 36%. Not so bad. "But this is the United States, we're supposed to be number 1 in everything." Not so fast. I think I have an easy answer for these numbers.
The U.S. kids are ranked 48th because they are already here. The other 132 countries' kids are trying to get to the U.S., so they have a lot more motivation. If our kids were to be deported because of poor scores, there wouldn't be any poor scores. We would be number 1 in every category.
While lil Joey and Sheniqua are busy launching birds at green pigs, standing in lines for overpriced phones and shoes, and worrying about how many "friends" they accumulated; lil Akbar and Ling Lee are hitting the books and abbaci and in turn taking away scholarships.
I'm not worried about being 48th. I am a bit concerned about how these kids are going to grow into responsible adults. I suppose us Americans have always had things that preoccupies our time but how do we get these kids focused a little more on the 3 R's. I don't know.( maybe he should try the deportation thing) If we don't find an answer soon, I won't be surprised when the U.S. is 133rd.