It's Official: American Adults Are Dumber Than Average

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The study is called the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies and it tested 166,000 people aged 16 to 65 in more than 20 countries.  It found that in math, reading and problem solving, American adults scored below the international average.

I can’t say this is surprising, after all, the public allowed the big banks that destroyed the economy to gift themselves trillions in the aftermath of the financial crisis with barely a peep in response. You don’t have to be a problem solving genius to figure that one out. Finally, there is some proof behind our long-held suspicions.

From the Associated Press via the New York Post:

WASHINGTON — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either.


In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.


Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test. Beyond basic reading and math, respondents were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement due to a salesman, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags.


Not only did Americans score poorly compared to many international competitors, the findings reinforced just how large the gap is between the nation’s high- and low-skilled workers and how hard it is to move ahead when your parents haven’t.

Yes, it’s called feudalism.

The study, called the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, found that it was easier on average to overcome this and other barriers to literacy overseas than in the United States.


Researchers tested about 166,000 people ages 16 to 65 in more than 20 countries and subnational regions. The test was developed and released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which is made up of mostly industrialized member countries. The Education Department’s Center for Education Statistics participated.


Americans scored toward the bottom in the category of problem solving in a technology rich environment. The top five scores in the areas were from Japan, Finland, Australia, Sweden and Norway, while the US score was on par with England, Estonia, Ireland and Poland. In nearly all countries, at least 10 percent of adults lacked the most basic of computer skills such as using a mouse.

The above is somewhat surprising given the amount of time Americans spend glued to their iPhones for Facebook updates about what their cousin ate for breakfast. I can tell you one category in which Americans surely beat all global competitors. The art of mercilessly stampeding into one another like animals at Wal-Mart on Black Friday to purchase plasma televisions. That that world.

Full article here.

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Ruffcut's picture

Fluoride, bitchezz. but my teeth are tuffer.

FrankDrakman's picture

Not that I expected anyone to RTFA, but:

Maximum score for each of the tests was 500. On one test, the bottom was Spain, scoring an average of 250, or 50%. High scorer on the same test was Japan, scoring 296, or 59%. 59%='D', at least when I went to school.

When everyone is getting a "D", for anyone to point fingers and say "so and so is dumberer (or smarterer)" seems kind of pointless.

Fake_nation's picture

Can't read or write, but let's shout out all our opinions on the guilt or innocence of total strangers:

Seer's picture

Yep, has to be the Disney Syndrome...

johngaltfla's picture

Uh, look who the President is.




rivoniaboy's picture

While white South Africans were fleeing the country from Jacob Zuma and Robert Mugabe, Americans were voting for a Barack Obama.

The problem is that Americans have forgotten that you can take the man out of Africa, but you can't take Africa out of the man.


edotabin's picture

It's ok. President Camacho will find Joe and he'll help us. Too bad we're hooked on Brawndo

Manthong's picture

He did this gem just a month or so ago..

We are so screwed..


Counts, Washburne, Dewey,.. 1925   seeding progressive destruction in the education system.  

“competitition among individuals in school – was wrong”

“time to look for a model of the collective school for a new society”

“the family was an old agricultural unit..  and the factory mattered more”

“the best models might be found abroad”  (ed. In the new success of the Soviet Union)

“the school must promulgate social change, not respond to it”

     -The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes,  pp 67,68


FF 90 years… VOILA !   fundamental transformation… hope for change .. because Obama..  yada yada yada

Karl Marx in 2016!


mrmister's picture

Many Americans are in an altered state. My old boss bragged about medicating her teenage son so he would just sleep all day and not bother her. The schools medicate the kids for having too much energy.

McMolotov's picture

I'm in an altered state myself at the moment.

adr's picture

Sometimes I think the only way I can take the reality of the world today is to be in an altered state.

Sucks that nothing does it.

I think the only amount of alcohol that can get me drunk is one shot less than what will kill me.

McMolotov's picture

Never give up (trying to get drunk)!

Never surrender (to sobriety)!

Harbanger's picture

"Never give up"

I taught a 3yr old last week how to use a compass.  She's fascinated by what she's learning and serioulsy knows how to use it (find her way back from where we went).  She will be one of our future leaders.

PeterSchump's picture

If she is lucky. I would teach her to use that compass to hide. Otherwise, she might be flayed by the swords of the ignorant.

Harbanger's picture

Yes, she's fortunate.  She lives and was given to us by grace, she was discarded by her parents.  The Lord watches over her.

Dugald's picture


Reminds me of an old army saying......the most dangerous thing in the whole army is an officer with map and compass.......

Lot of truth in old sayings.........

Wolf-Avatar's picture

We have the exact same saying in the Aus Army. Must be universal.  :-)

Wolf-Avatar's picture

*edited for double post

Tim_'s picture

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Harbanger's picture

"My old boss bragged about medicating her teenage son..."

Your "old boss" is accurate.

McMolotov's picture

'Murkin 'Ceptionalism.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Fighten' terists since, you know.  Forever.  numero uno!

Harbanger's picture

Exceptionalism in our personal lives is yet to be determined and will be redefined.  Lets see who's who when called upon by mother hardship.  Talk is cheap, jealosy and false bravery wil be tested.

bingo was his name's picture

I blame the lack of metric system in US. 

adr's picture

Ha, easy powers of ten make designing things simple. Designing in inches is a genious exercise.

Try making a CAD model using standard measurements. Remembering the decimals for 5/128 of an inch is a bitch.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

In reality, today's CAD doesn't give a flip what unit you choose, and most 'parts' (esp electronic) have dimensions stemming from the 'English' units but metri-sized to metric callouts on drawings. 

arnoldsimage's picture

perfect. we need to protect those precious craniums then. pedestrians to wear helmets while walking. lol.

adr's picture

Must be how Yellen and Bernanke got the top job at the Fed.

I looked through Yellen's background. I didn't find one day of working any real job. Just like Bernanke she has never worked at a real business, or ever had to make a decisions about budgets, purchasing, setting margin, working in capital costs, designing, engineering, or labor.

So if she has no experience in anything other than academic situations that do not exist in the real world, how can she be qualified to make decisions that affect real business?

The answer is she isn't qualified. Her job is not to help business, but generate wealth for those who wish not to work for it.

Instead of talking about the glass ceiling for women in top levels of finance, let's talk about the glass ceiling for goyim. Think about the story if a non Jew was appointed to the top level of the Fed. Jesus Christ it would be a sign of the apocalypse.

NidStyles's picture

Several of the Austrian school proponents have written extensively over the past 100 years about how the intellectual class acts as the honor guard and protectorate of the political classes theft and corruption.

adr's picture

I went to college with this supposed intellectual class. I was amazed at the stupidity of anything requiring common sense.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Like I said on an earlier thread, she's a very bad liar. Not only was she with the SF FED from 2004-2010 (during the entire housing bubble), she was also with the Clinton Administration in 1999 (Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors) when Brooksley Born (head of the CFTC) sounded the alarm on derivatives.

She didn't see it coming? Bullshit. She ignored the warnings from day one.

NidStyles's picture

Some how I think I attended University with some of the same assholes you did, and you likely went a decade before I did. Those assholes are still there, and I drove them all nuts whenever I could.

I loved Macro-Econ and pointing out the fallacies in that whole school of thought. I still passed everything with a 4.2 GPA all the way through. My strategy was to to stun them them with polite honesty and well elaborated and formulated logic at every turn. Never be disrespectful to any of them no matter how rude and vile they would become, and I had some of those in the future intellectual class get rather vile and make threats of physical action against me. I never once had to raise my voice, as simply sitting there and smiling patiently to wait for their temper tantrums to end worked much better that anything else. One thing I learned from my experience is that the majority of the people there simply want to be heard out with their thoughts in a complete manner. Letting them be heard and then politely correcting them was the most efficient and effective way of bringing them over to understanding why what they are presuming is false or flawed.

Oldwood's picture

You cannot maintain purity of thought with outside pressures and influence that the real real world imposes. To create utopia you must stay outside of this reality. Their challenge is to get all of us living there as well and it seems to be working for a substantial number of people. It is we people, the ones still insisting that 1+1=2, that are the problem. Once that has been dealt with, all will be right in the world.

NidStyles's picture

Tell me something I didn't know.....

McMolotov's picture

The ABC song is really just Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

IridiumRebel's picture

And Green Day's "Brain Stew" is really just Chicago's "Twenty-five or 6 to 4"

theliberalliberal's picture

and bah bah black sheep, 


fun fact - nursery rhymes can all be played without using black notes

NidStyles's picture

I have to say, all of you told me something I didn't know.

IridiumRebel's picture

Woohoo!!!! What did I when?

gina distrusts gov's picture

Floride in the water !!  the Nazis knew the effects  it was "great" for encouraging a pliant mass of people. and who imported a huge number of them??

Zero Point's picture

Or is it lead plumbing, and drinking cups?