Finally! The United States students have scored better in mathematics and science! The National Assessment of Educational Progress has been following American students throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s and have found dramatic increases in the US’s math and science scores – and that’s good news internationally.
NAEP rated only 42% of fourth graders and 36% of eighth graders “proficient” or “advanced” in math up from 17% and 26% in 1990. There has also been a steady rise in science scores as well, but they do see to level out within the most recent years. These over all trends shows a very bright future, but I cannot write an honest report on this without mentioning in 2013, scores have dropped internationally since 1990. But, although worrying, should bring international attention.
Science is the product of human ingenuity, intelligence, and collective progress. The more we know about the world around us, the more people can respect and care for each other to bring further progress. It was the late Carl Sagan who said
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
The obvious, yet slipping US grip on the title “super power” can be a good thing to the international community – but only if we can return our interests back to scientific learning. It was the scientifically minded who modernize health and medicine, created energy to fuel our world, and land a man on the moon. It has been the ignorant and arrogant regressives who shun and deny scientific findings – which, as throughout history – has always been the case.
There has always been an infant-like fear of science that has kept progress from continuing forward (Poor Galileo). And those people are alive and well today, but thanks to scientific interests, and popular scientists taking a stand, the regressive are losing. And when they lose, we all win.