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Tom Potter

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Re: In 23 Advanced Economies: U.S. Adults Rank 21st in Math Skills
Posted: Oct 18, 2013 10:32 PM
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<usenet@mantra.com and/or www.mantra.com/jai (Dr. Jai Maharaj)> wrote in
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> In 23 Advanced Economies: U.S. Adults Rank 21st in Math Skills
>
> By Terence P. Jeffrey
> CNS News
> Friday, October 18, 2013
>
> (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Department of Education's
> National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on Friday
> released the initial results of an international survey
> of adult skills in literacy and mathematics, revealing
> that Americans rank 21st in "numeracy" and are tied for
> 15th in literacy among adults in 23 advanced economies.
>
> American adults also scored below the average in both
> numeracy and literacy for all respondents in all 23
> advanced economies.
>
> Japan and Finland ranked first and second in both
> categories and Italy and Spain took the bottom two spots
> in both.
>
> The international survey--the Program for the
> International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)--
> was developed by the Organization for Economic
> Cooperation and Development.
>
> The data from Russia was not included in the initial
> results, the NCES said, "because they were released too
> late for publication."
>
> "Numeracy" was defined by the survey as "the ability to
> access, use, interpret, and communicate mathematical
> information and ideas, to engage in and manage
> mathematical demands of a range of situations in adult
> life."
>
> "Literacy" was defined as "understanding, evaluating,
> using and engaging with written text to participate in
> society to achieve one's goals and to develop one's
> knowledge and potential."
>
> The survey tested a random sample of approximately 5,000
> people ages 16 to 65, using a test that was scored on a
> scale of 0-500.
>
> In numeracy, American adults achieved an average score of
> 253 out of 500, nosing out Italian adults who averaged
> 247 and Spanish adults who averaged 246.
>
> Continues at:
>
> http://cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/23-advanced-economies-us-adults-rank-21st-math-skills
>
> Jai Maharaj


Thanks to my pal Jai Maharaj
for calling attention to the fact
that speculating on apple pie in the sky,
the Emperor's new clothes,
Einstein's patented blouse,
http://www.google.com/patents?id=zRpsAAAAEBAJ&printsec=abstract&zoom=4&dq=albert+einstein#PPA1,M1

General Relativity, maths and philosophies,
tend to waste time, money and minds,

whereas progress, efficiency, wealth and power
[ And FACTS that force a modification of theories.]

comes about from the practical application of technology.

As the old saying goes:

"A society which honors philosophers
and does not honor plumbers
will have neither philosophies nor plumbing which hold water."

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

--
Tom Potter

http://warp-to.us/
http://prioritize.biz/
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http://tom-potters-world.tk/





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