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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,

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


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