Once every three years, 15-year-olds in 65 developed countries take the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a standardized test of reading, math and science. The results, unfortunately, are perpetually alarming. U.S. teenagers are now ranked 26th in math, 21st in science and 17th in reading. Shanghai, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong are leading the pack, while countries like Poland and Ireland surpassed us for the first time. This editorial by the Wall Street Journal nails the economic and moral imperatives of shaking complacency in education in America, while accurately identifying the political challenges we must overcome in this cause, chiefly union special interests.
Source: Wall Sreet Journal