by Mish

The non-shocking results come from the Program for the International Assessment for Adult Competency (PIACC) which tested thousands of adults aged 16 to 74.

The Wall Street Journal reports …

The countries that scored the highest on the problem-solving with technology criteria were Japan, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Poland scored second to last, just above the U.S.
One stark revelation is that about four-fifths of unemployed Americans cannot figure out a rudimentary problem in which they have to spot an error when data is transferred from a two-column spreadsheet to a bar graph. And Americans are far less adept at dealing with numbers than the average of their global peers.
When the original study by the OECD was published in 2013, then-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan didn’t pull his punches. “These findings should concern us all,” he said. “They show our education system hasn’t done enough to help Americans compete—or position our country to lead—in a global economy that demands increasingly higher skills.”
The new report does nothing to dispel that gloom. Data on 16- to 34-year-olds, for instance, found even workers with college degrees and graduate or professional degrees don’t stack up favorably against their international peers with similar education levels.
In the 1970s, the U.S. had the most educated workforce in the world. Since 2000, the skills and knowledge of U.S. high-school graduates have stagnated while those of other countries have increased rapidly.

Administrators and Unions First, Kids Last


The report confirms the US educators get paid the most for delivering the least.

That’s precisely what one would expect when union hiring and firing practices put educators and administrators first and kids last.

Union rules make it virtually impossible to get rid of bad teachers, even child molesters.

Doubt that statement? Then please see California Students File Constitutional Challenge to Teacher Firing Practices; Unions are the Child Molester’s Best Friend.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

Unsustainable Social Security Promises: Spain vs. U.S.

I have written numerous times about pension problems in the US. Let’s cross the Atlantic and take a peek at the setup in Spain, then let’s compare the two setups.

Diesel is Dead

Stuttgart, home to Germany’s Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, said it will ban diesel cars which do not meet the latest emissions standards from entering the city when pollution is heavy.

Visualizing U.S. Exports & Imports

This is a guest post by Yuka Kato at HowMuch. The post covers imports, exports and trade imbalances between the US and the rest of the world.

Last Four Brexit Polls Split: Turnout of Age 18-35 Likely the Key

If you give the nod to phone polls, Remain is in the lead. Nonetheless, let’s take a deeper look.

Non-Manufacturing ISM Cracks Appear: 8 of 18 Industries in Contraction

The non-manufacturing (services) ISM is still growing but prices and new export orders both plunged into contraction. Moreover, 8 out of 18 industries fell into outright contraction.

Portland Says Yes to Testing Driverless Cars, Other Cities Will Follow: Mass Adoption When?

Finding driverless-friendly cities that allow car makers to test their technology has been one of the challenges facing the driverless industry.

Debt and Deleveraging: Did the U.S. Overcome the Debt Crisis?

Citing the latest report on “Debt and Deleveraging” by the McKinsey Global Institute

Autonomous Bus Testing On Swiss Public Roads

Switzerland is testing self-driving electric buses on public roads in the historical district of Sion, the largest city of the Canton of Valais.

Austria and Nine Balkan Countries Effectively Tell Merkel Go to Hell

Austria and nine Balkan countries have had enough of Angela Merkel’s idiotic refugee plans.