International Comparison

by John Derbyshire

University of Oregon physics professor Steve Hsu comments on the PISA scores. That’s the Program for International Student Assessment.

Shanghai comes top of all the tables. As if Shanghai people weren’t big enough snobs already. Isn’t it a bit bogus, though, to break out China’s most prosperous cities separately then compare them to entire nations? How about they compare China as a whole to, say, Seattle?

“We have to see this as a wake-up call,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in an interview on Monday.

Gosh, when are we going to get those schools right? Perhaps when we have a Secretary of Education that doesn’t talk in the stalest of clichés. “A wake-up call”? For goodness’ sake.