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American High School Students Are Having Difficulty Competing

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According to a 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) Americans are slipping in readiness. Math is on the decline and they are not doing much better in reading or science. The trend is concerning as American students are not preparing to take over highly skilled, technologically advanced and scientific oriented positions in an increasingly difficult and complex world. As intellectual capital declines so does a nations future opportunities.   Americans dropped to the 26 th slot in math, 21 st slot in science, and the 17 th slot in reading.   The report indicates that nearly 15% of the variance in U.S. students is due to socio-economic issues that include motivation and interest. Students in the country simply view math and hard science as difficult or uninteresting. They do not choose these fields as their occupational approach. Asian countries are on the rise. China appears to be doing well. Even though American students have not slipped much they have