Posts Tagged ‘Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’

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SLIP, SLIP, SLIPPIN’ AWAY

October 8, 2013

How sad is this!

Americans 18-65 are below average in skills needed to compete in the global economy-compared to 21 other democratic countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

According to an article in the Washington Post, our scores for literacy, problem solving, and numeracy are ALL BELOW AVERAGE….# 13 in literacy; # 15 in problem solving in tech environment; and # 19 in math.

Perhaps as more results like this become available, I will stop being considered the outlier who is constantly pleading for the US to get our collective heads out of the sand, and stop being influenced by the “Angry Old Birds” who can’t get past our heyday in the 20th century.

We now live in the DIGITAL AGE- Get used to it!  Our education system for the most part is based on a system developed 100 years ago; and it’s pretty obvious we are allowing a MINORITY of nay-saying nuts in the Tea Party far too much influence in our government.  They are not even ok with late 20th century thinking; they  are, at a minimum, stuck in 1946 – if not back when our education system was devised at the TURN of the 20th century.

AGAIN I SAY, It’s a hard read in terms of concepts and 21st century realities, but it is time to accept books like THE NEW DIGITAL AGE as reality….it is time to get on board and at least try to understand what the digital age means to us as a individuals, and as a country, and stop hanging on the past.  Until we do, we will continue this downward spiral.