U.S. Kids Keep Getting Dumber; Ranked 31st Of 35 Developed Nations In Math, New Study Reveals

Tyler Durden's picture

The U.S. Department of Education has just released it's latest ranking of international education systems (Program for International Student Assessment - "PISA") and performance of U.S. students just continues to deteriorate on both absolute and relative terms. 

Perhaps it's time to have a real conversation about the complete failure of "Common Core" and the idiocy of allowing teachers' unions to hold our children hostage while hiding behind ridiculous contracts that grant tenure after 6 months and make it impossible to fire underperformers.  Just a thought for the incoming Trump administration. 

The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss summed up the problems nicely:

There are many reasons children aren’t learning anything during the long hours they spend in government schools. Sometimes, their teachers don’t show up to work because they’re out on the teachers union picket line demanding taxpayers pick up the tab for their plastic surgery. Other times, students are forced to sit in classes led by totally unqualified teachers who will never leave because they’re protected by tenure.


For every disgraceful teacher, though, there are tons of good ones who are doing their best. The problem often isn’t teachers’ incompetence, it’s that they’re forced to instruct kids using rubbish. Look at the Common Core State Standards, which were adopted initially by 46 states because their federal education funding depended on it. The math is backwards, confusing, and, as the National Review so suitably dubbed it, “dumb.” The reading standards fill students’ minds with filth in the form of raunchy books and with yawn-inducing “informational texts.”


Our schools no longer teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. Rather than be taught how to think and problem-solve, children are thought what to think and how to feel. All these money-making and money-spending schemes tend to sound nice, of course, but they inevitably fall flat.

Now the results....in math, the U.S. ranked 40th in the world and 31st out of the 35 developed countries that provide data to the study...somewhat less than ideal.

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Meanwhile, nearly 30% of the 15-year-olds in the U.S. were found to rank in the bottom two (of 5) proficiency tiers.



Unfortunately the story isn't much better with reading and science proficiency.  The U.S. ranked 24th in the world on the study's "reading literacy scale"...



...and 25th in science.



And, of course, performance has been deteriorating for the past decade.

Education Trend


In conclusion, this about sums it up:

Common Core


Here is the full study from the U.S. Department of Education:

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PPT Inc.'s picture
PPT Inc. (not verified) Dec 15, 2016 2:50 AM

Blacks have destroyed public education in the U.S.

gorillaonyourback's picture

That's a fuckin stupid comment,  your IQ is your foot size where the hell is that rock you crawled out from

Occident Mortal's picture

It's not about education it's about parenting.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Germany has material problems when Belgium is more literate than it is.  

I blame the Flemish for this blemish.  At least the Waloons are there to drag down the national average to help us out a little. 

Multi's picture

Two points here:

1) The 'less white'/'more diverse(save Asians)' those kids become, the lower those scores will drop.

2) Jews are known worldwide for A: Being extremely cheap (this is why they have money), B: High in-group preference (that sounds racist). But in the US there is this meme that they are genius, I'm not saying that they are dumb, but the only place I've seen this (mis)characterization of Jews is in the US. Then, explain the Israel position in this list.

I'm not a Jew hater by the way, though it may seem so. Nothing wrong with being cheap and prefer your own kind. But be honest, intelligence is not the characteristic most commonly associated with Jews (except in the US for some strange reason). For contrast, think of Asians and see if you are comfortable associating them the "intelligence" trait, now go look the position of Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, and so on in the list. 

StackShinyStuff's picture

How do the stats line up if you separate the kids from Dumbfuckistan?

Déjà view's picture

Quite obvious Rick Perry was not becoming Sec. Dept. Of Education...

•  We rank 36th in the nation in high school graduation rates. An estimated 3.8 million Texans do not have a high school diploma. •  We rank 49th in verbal SAT scores, 47th in literacy and 46th in average math SAT scores. •  We rank 33rd in the nation on teacher salaries...


sun tzu's picture

What if you remove the 60% of mestizo students from Texas schools?

Déjà view's picture

Well, PISA might 'lean' in another 'direction'...

sun tzu's picture

What if you remove the 60% of mestizo students from Texas schools?

Déjà view's picture

Ballots will still be...Si Habla Español...Tejas...

Remarkably, Texas has a higher percentage of both millennials and Hispanics today than California, suggesting that with a significant investment in the coming years Texas could indeed follow California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico and now Arizona from red to blue.


Mustafa Kemal's picture

The mathematics community has a large number of Jews. See http://www.jinfo.org/Mathematics_Comp.html

for an impressive list. In fact the history of Jewish mathemticians  such as Von Neumann, Wald,  Courant, Ulam in the WWII effort is well documented. Similar things can be said for music and the arts, and I dont have to tell you about banking.

 Of course dont forget Sandy Koufax!

Multi's picture

See, another impressive list of Christians scientists: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christians_in_science_and_technolo...

Music and arts? c'mon be serious. Not even close.

Banking, yes. This one you've got right. Jews dominate at banking. But if fact, this reflects more in the REAL distinctive characteristic of the Jews: cheapness, than in intelligence.


And by the way....     you still haven't answered why is Israel in those positions in the lists?

(Look at the Asians, their worldwide well-known stereotype is that they are smart, and see their ranking. they don't need to do the mental gymnastics you are trying to do to prove the point)


highly debtful's picture

That has indeed been the topic du jour in the French speaking Belgian south. Some brave souls over there even suggested it could actually be a good idea to take a closer look at the Flemish schooling system, God forbid!

OTOH, you guys have BMW, Bayer and Bosch. 

zippedydoodah's picture

Flemish kids grow up to be trilingual.

Walloon kids grow up to be monolingual.

The difference is 100% teaching & learning.

enfield0916's picture

Hey douchebag, add my post to your pathetic artice that Motherficking Dickhead Bastard (MDB) wrote! OK?!

J S Bach's picture

"U.S. Kids Keep Getting Dumber"

Dat be raciss.  Duz you be inplyin' dat we not be smot cuz mo minoties be hee?  Sheeit - you fukt up crackuh.  Komin Coh heps me alot mufugguh.  I be grate wiff maff.  Muh cakulatuh dun git da rot ansuh all duh tom. Wha choo tawkin bout?

adanata's picture


+1  Must be what happened to the snowflakes; shrieking automated propaganda machines, mind warped cultists, uni-sex, culturally manipulated purveyors of fairy dust, rage and violence in the name of inclusion, peace and love. No reasoned thought can penetrate the webs of delusion.



mkkby's picture

Exactly.  Kids not getting dumber.  Kids are getting DARKER.  Remove the niggs/spics/muzzies and you make the top of the list.

You can't fix genetically stupid, but it's a great way to raise money and get fake news coverage.

Between Two Hedges's picture

Correlation does not equal causation. I know some church people who adopted black orphans from Haiti, raised them right, and turned them into dentists and lawyers.

Itinerant's picture

Noticeable is that countries tend to be tightly grouped in all three measures. This would seem to reinforce the fact that the education system plays a large role. An even larger role is probaly the culture in which it is embedded. And race plays a role both in culture and IQ. Since culture is an interplay between race and other factors, it is hard to separate them out.

Suprising is the low ranking of Israel. The American position is probably influenced by cultural as well as racial factors. Of course the American education system was the first to fall victim to "Education". Before the sixties teachers taught on the basis of their own competency and used their own methods and material. The increased attention on school as means to all kinds of ends other than learning the subject matter and on educational methods and materials, seems to have a deleterious influence on absolute performance.

Urban Redneck's picture

Did you know education boosts your score on IQ tests (as opposed to actual intelligence)?

Regardless, if you're going toss out arguments like that, you should really shut up and bow down to your (demonstrably inbred) Jew masters first.

EuroPox's picture

The real cause for sadness is that racial differences in IQ, have been know for a long time but the fact has been swept under the carpet, because it does not meet the leftist meme of "everyone is born equal" - they are not.  Dogma is being used as an excuse to reduce educational opportunities for more naturally gifted kids in every western country.  The are being dumbed down.

James Watson, who won a Nobel prize for his part in unravelling DNA, has been subjected to vitriolic abuse for highlighting this fact: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/fury-at-dna-pioneers-theory-af...

The migrants now pouring into Europe have an average IQ of 86 and education will never make up the gap.  Pakistanis in Pakistan have an average IQ of 84 - second and third generation Pakistanis in the UK, have an average IQ of 86.  It is not the environment, it is the genes that matter.

Until racial differences are recognised and account is taken of them, expect to see 'enlightened' countries slide further and further down the lists.

It is no accident that the Asian countries at the top of the list have little racial diversity - they will continue to beat the rest of the world and the natural advantage will result in economic and other gains, that will continue to outstrip the rest.

RockySpears's picture

Affirmative action comes to the UK:




Sad.  Really Sad.



EuroPox's picture

Affirmative action has been there since at least the 1970s but it is all virtue signalling.  We have already had 30-40 years of this crap in the US and Europe and where has it gone?  The reason for the continued inequality is not the system...

You can't make chicken salad out of chicken shit.

Multi's picture

Not only does it harm white kids by lowering their standards and dumbing down their education, but it also harms black kids. The very group they pretend to care. If the TRUE root of the problem is never recognized, a proper solution will never be implemented.

Listen, whites are dumber than Asians and no one gets triggered by saying so, how come saying blacks are dumber than whites gets you ostracized?

Long memory man's picture

Yes but that will be the death Knell for Bristol Univ, employers know this stuff and they will leave Uni with a nice debt and be stuffed in the job market.

Do you really want your doctor to have just scraped by in uni when he is treating your child?

I think not, this is a money raising scheme by this Uni, by the way, put a book in a bus shelter and it is then classed as a tech college. mad.

Parth's picture

Your coment is so ignorant that I wonder if you may have a higher IQ but are just basically ignorant. Singapore is number one and has a very diverse population native to the country for a few generations. Includes Indians, malays and Chinese. Pakistanis in America have higher IQ than the other native peers, but in UK both INdians and Pakistanis have lower IQs as a lot of immigration was uncontrolled due to commonwealth laws earlier and folks even who did not have education were admitted in UK. Its the education and the system and not homogeniaty of the society that determines IQ. Go to India, you will get umpteen studies proving the fact, study Indian diaspora in UK and USa and Canada you may think the American Indians are superior genes- they are not. Just  the educated ones were let in.

EuroPox's picture

Err... no.

Singapore is: 75% Chinese, 13% Malay and 10% Indian (2% other) - the average IQs are respectively 108, 92 and 82.  If you do the math that gives you an average 'Singaporean' IQ of 103.2.

Singapore comes top because of the Chinese genes - the above tables do not give you the full results but they are easy enough to find.  You will find Hong Kong regularly tops Singapore in those tables because the Chinese genes are not diluted as much (HK is 94%ish Chinese).

Look, we can all make stuff up (WaPo and CNN do it all the time) but if you want to produce some real statistics to support what you say, I'll take a look.

Re your comments about the UK - that is why I said 2nd and 3rd generation.  I am talking about Pakistani 'ethnic' kids in the UK who have been through the same system but still fail to achieve.

Ghost who Walks's picture

I must have read a different list than you. On the lists that I read Singapore was so far in front of the rest it was embarrassing. The few times that I have been in Singapore showed me that they have a diverse cultural background. There are Chinese, Malays, Indians and people from other Asian cultures.

What sets Singapore apart is not racial purity, it is the realisation by the citizens and their government that they are in a Global competition for Capital, People, Businesses and customers. The Government is tough, and the society is tightly controlled to set principles and rules. There is a Chinese cultural expectation that people will study hard and fulfill their potential. Because this is really only a city, it is much easier to control and govern. The feedback loop between change and results is smaller and more easily measured. I would expect that successful initiatives in one part of the Singapore Education system would become widely known quicker than in America which has 50 states.

I do not disagree with data that shows that there is a corelation between race and results. What the tables show however is that Singapore has the most successful system at achieving educational results across the mass of its population. Yes, it does have a very wide gap which some might argue represents racial differences. There are many immigrants in Singapaore doing low-level jobs from adjoining Asian countries. Their children will be in the system as well. The averages are so much higher than the rest of the world that it suggests that this is a good place for many professional educators to study to understand what good looks like, and what underlies the results.

Singapore deserves the top position in the tables because of their long-term strategy of investing in their people.

EuroPox's picture

There are lots of different tables.  One of the reasons Singapore always does well is that reliable data is available, unlike China which would probably top them every time if similar data existed (my guess).  In nearly every table, Hong Kong is rated above Singapore... you also have to add in the Asian work ethic, a lot of kids are under huge parental pressure to do well.

Ghost who Walks's picture

Agree with the work ethic and expectation on the kids to perform.

I respect the Chinese but I have found that compared to Western Schools that I am familiar with the only Chinese Middle school that I visited (in a rural area of Zhejiang) was very under-resourced. I am very aware of the effect of Genetics on intelligence, and your supposition may be correct in the future, as a lot of lower level Chinese men will not be having children due to the gender imbalance in mainland China. I used to think that the Chinese were a very smart population, as I was meeting the highly educated ones outside of China. Once I was working in a rural area in China, I had to reconsider that position. There are a lot of very simple people in the villages.

Can you show me a source that correlates the IQ of a population with the test results on these PISA tests? I am curious as to what the strength of th effect is.

DeathMerchant's picture

Bullshit! Standards have been lowered and there is almost always a no fail policy in public schools today.

The Gun Is Good's picture

Mission accomplished!

TPTB want more drone workers / tax serfs / cannon fodder and less thinkers... and they're getting them.

The federalization of education was implemented early in the last century for purposes of social engineering and to lower standards and reinforce the class system in this country, following European examples at that time. That's when Wundtian psychology and other drivel were woven into the system below board, to further the cause. And guess who / which families were largely behind the movement? (If you guessed "the elite," you're correct!)

The sabotage of education in this country is just one more of many real conspiracies, the effects from which we suffer today....

Laddie's picture

Just because the Mainstream Media and the education system and the government HIDE the Truth from the masses doesn't mean the poster you replied to is wrong. The fact is as America has become more dark the scores have gone down. Whites created all that makes for modern civilization.
William Shockley, the co-inventor of the transistor and Arthur Jensen both showed that blacks were sub-intelligent.

Look at Africa look at Mexico look at most of Asia and whilst the Japanese are good at improving things their cars were designed by White men from California.
The Asians have been HANDED our inventions.

BabaLooey's picture

No - he's right.

Strip OUT the blacks and these scores improve.

Nothing "racist" about it. 

Blacks have NO one to blame but themselves.


enfield0916's picture
I have nothing against any race protecting and defending their heritage by ballot or bullet BUT, It's the lethal combination of the "toothless fairy sister fuckers" in the low information KKK states, Faux Nooz cum jizzlers thinking that their favorite right wing channel is the word of God itself and really dubmfuck Libratd moron voters believing what's on tv and swallowing Cunt News Network propaganda 24/7!

Nuff said!
rmopf2010's picture

I'm a white guy, but i think you're wrong It is big governments fault, it is comunism spreading across the West

"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."

“Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”

In the west Teachers Unions are terrorist organizations and their agenda is to push comunism, we must decentralize education from big government in order to finish these Unions.

In my country the old government tried to put the following law:

1) One student costs to the state 4000€

2) State would provide a teaching-check that could be used only in schools

     a) If you wish to put your sons in a better private school if would only pay up the price diference!

     b) If you wish your son to go to a shity public school you wouldn't pay anything else

3) Well that didn't pass because teacher unions didn't let!


In my country the real education secretary is the comunist union leader he's on the job for 34 years.

On those 34years there had been 18~21 puppet oficial education secretary




White - Black...Left - right... blue - red... is all a distraction.

The real division that they don't want us to see is:

Group 1) Who lives by welfare state/big government

Group 2) Who pays the bills for welfare state/big government

This is the real division TPTB don't want us to realize because it can break the social fabric and polarize even more elections. For the last decades  welfare state/big government has grown imensely even fake right governments to gain more votes increased welfare state/big government.

It's easy to use money from Group 2 in order to buy Group 1 votes, Group 2 people start to realize they can have a decent life if they pass to Group 1. Now we reached a situation in the so called west countries that almost 50% of pupulation is in Group 1 (some cases like the PIGS countries outnumbers group 2), now that Group 2 can't generate enough wealth to sustain all the people from Group 1, governments resorted to debt to pay for the diference that is why almost every country in the west debt/GDP is bearing 100%~140%. That is why banksters to sustain this allowed NIRP/ZIRP and QE in order to this does not go down.

But they must people in Group 1 will have to face they've been voting in unreliable political promisses, and it is better to accept and 30~40% cut in income from the state than a major war outbreak. Won't be easy because people from Group 1 have a background of socialism/comunism so they are organized almost military organization through Unions with rigid marxism discipline.

Guess great leaders will have to tell the truth that welfare state/big government is dead broke to the masses in order avoid the final and last world wide confrontation.

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." JFK

jenniewadeguy's picture

"Distractions"?  No way.  It is IQ.

Twaddlefree's picture

You can say it's not the individual's fault, that it's Communism. But, the bottom line is that every individual that wanted a free ride on the backs of others allowed Communism, just like the USA. Just as this country was founded on individual rights and individual freedom, it will be destroyed by individual dependence and individual greed.

DeathMerchant's picture

mexicans are helping that along as well, check their drop out rates

OhNo's picture

It's not just the kids, Try most of americas adult population. Duh . Just adds more meaning to to the word useless eaters.

Skateboarder's picture

Stupidity is celebrated in our culture. The "idols" looked up to, the "music" enjoyed, the values taught... all shit.

You can really tell how stupid a population is by the choice of their music.

Ghost who Walks's picture

I noticed that Thailand was down the list. Any ideas?

gorillaonyourback's picture

Great,  we don't  have a well educated public,  if I were an elite I'd  be patting myself on the back telling myself great job

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Dec 15, 2016 2:59 AM

I blame liberal arts and the insecurity math gives them. The one discipline that applies to literally EVERYTHING, and the only educators interested in do that are mathematicians. Of course bad parents, TV, stupid people, etc can also take some credit.