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I think the article is more important for the issues that it doesn't address then for the one's it addresses. VoiceOfRa already said demographics, so I won't repeat it.

It takes the metrics for education for granted where the person who's successfully drilled for standardized tests is more educated then the person who isn't. The Asian system spends more effort on drilling students and thus has higher scoring students.

Japan produces a lot of students who successfully answer question about the English language in tests but who aren't fluent English speakers. I think we have no Chinese or Japanese people on LW.

There a lot of innovation produced in the US by people educated to be able to be innovative.






Japan produces a lot of students who successfully answer question about the English language in tests but who aren't fluent English speakers.

Do you mean oral or written tests? A person may learn a language to point when he reads books pretty easily (and so does very well on the written tests) without becoming a fluent speaker of it.
I think we have no Chinese or Japanese people on LW.

I suspect this is mainly due to a cultural rather than a linguistic barrier. Based on this survey, LW has more members from Finland than from the English speaking India.
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I agree that it is important to look at what we are measuring when we talk about having "poor" educational results nationally. Because in national contexts we are usually talking about average the statistics of standardized test scores. But when it comes to making educational reform in individual schools and districts there is a lot of put-back on anything that looks like teaching to the test. We don't want to put extra pressure on students who test poorly nor sacrifice emphases on thinks it is not easy to test for.

I would guess a big reason we "do poorly" on international comparisons of standardized test scores is that the US has a general de-facto policy on not optimizing for test score maximization.
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You mat find this data interesting. Assuming that the number of patents is a good proxy for innovativeness, there is a strong correlation between innovativeness and the test scores at the age of 13.
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