Education leaders across the country were devestated when a Feb. 24 study ranked U.S. students among the industrial world's worst in math and science. In physics and advanced mathematics, not one of the countries involved--even less well-off nations such as Greece, Cyprus , and Latvia--outperformed the United States. according to the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, based in Amsterdam. Why? Here, Terrance D. Paul, co-founder and vice-chairman of Advantage Learning Systems, offers an explanation and a remedy--the Editors.

A few months ago, news media across this country were abuzz over the United...

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