Great article by Jonathan Alter of Newsweek on Obama and Education. Now is the time for Obama to step up further and be a champion of education. McCain and the Republicans already are the champions of educational results. Democrats, sadly, have been the champions of the teachers.
The United States now ranks 25th among 30 industrialized countries in math. “If I told you your basketball team finished in 25th place, you’d be outraged,” says former West Virginia governor Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education. When the landmark “A Nation at Risk” report was issued 25 years ago, the education system was ailing, but the United States was still No. 1 in college-graduation rates. Now we are No. 21. “We simply have not progressed,” says former Colorado governor Roy Romer, who heads a commission that recently updated the report. “The rest of the world has.” For example, the average European nation has 13 more school days than we do.
I’m looking for the data behind that claim and found the following, which is dated 1997. Anyone with current data please let me know. Alter’s article assumes pretty much the same answer as shown in the graph below.