America's future math teachers, on average, earned a “C” on a new test comparing their skills with their counterparts in 15 other countries, reports the New York Times--significantly outscoring college students in the Philippines and Chile but placing far below those in educationally advanced nations like Singapore and Taiwan. The researchers who led the study judged the results acceptable, if not encouraging, for America's future elementary teachers. But they called the results disturbing for American students heading to careers in middle schools, who were outscored by students in Germany, Poland, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Switzerland, and Taiwan. On average, at...
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