Learning math at Ukraine level: that’s a bad thing? by mattsteinglass
June 20, 2009, 11:08 am
Filed under: Education

Here’s a shocking stat, from AIR’s Gary Phillips via Matthew Yglesias:

Turns out that a few of our states are on par with the world’s highest performing countries when it comes to educational achievement. Massachusetts in particular stands out, and four other states–Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Kansas–received grades of “B,” up there with the likes of Japan. On the flip side, there were a bunch of C’s and one D+ in, of course, Washington, DC, where fourth graders learn math at the same level as Ukraine.

When I was in the USSR, it seemed to me that Soviet math education was approximately oodles better than that in the best public schools in the US. It seems like the educational system in Ukraine must really have collapsed over the past 20 years if their schools are now as bad at teaching math as the DC public school system is.


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