Fact: The U.S. Ranks 35th in Math and 29th in Science Worldwide*
According to a study conducted by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), teens in the United States are outperformed by most of their peers abroad in math and science.
Today we launched CAMM Worldwide, a new campaign that looks at this statistic and says “Huh? How can we be so far behind? And more importantly, how can we turn it around?!”
To help answer this question we traveled to three countries that rank significantly higher than the U.S. in math and science literacy – Finland, China and Australia – and interviewed real kids, parents and teachers about their attitudes towards science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and related issues. We compared responses from these nations to those from interviews conducted here in the U.S. Here’s a sampling of what we heard:
- Unlike their peers abroad, U.S. students don’t seem to equate doing well in math and science with a successful future.
- While kids outside the U.S. perceive their intelligent classmates as cool, American teens are more apt to think of these same kids as geeks.
According to the National Science Foundation, nearly eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science. If our kids don’t get serious about these subjects now, there’s a good chance they won’t have the skills to pay the bills tomorrow.
How can you help close the STEM Perception Gap among our nation’s youth?
- Learn More: Visit CAMM Worldwide for more information on the campaign and to watch more of our interviews with kids from around the world
- Carry on the Conversation: Post your reactions on our Discuss page
- Get Solutions: Find resources that will inspire your kids to take an interest in math and science now