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DEAD LAST in TIMSS
Seventeen reasons to ban
public education
 No country's 12th graders
scored lower than the US in 17 of 34 TIMSS subject categories.

 A statistical zero percent of American 12th grade girls
correctly answered math and physics questions.

 The percent of students
correctly answering math questions increases 1% for each 2% increase in the percent of math teachers who are men.

 We spend more for education than almost every other TIMSS
country.

 The impact of school prayer on education quality.

Our 8th
graders performed poorly in TIMSS math, with only thirteen countries out of forty
scoring lowerScotland, Latvia, Iceland, Spain, Greece, Romania, Lithuania, Cyprus,
Portugal, Iran, Kuwait, Colombia, and South Africa. But our 12th graders scored dead
last in 17 of 34 subject categories by sex because those countries whose 12th graders
participated in TIMSS scored significantly higher than their 8th graders, while ours
scored significantly lower.
Had our 12th
graders performance improved as much as Lithuania's, they would have scored 108 points
higher in advanced math, 42 points higher in general math, 12 points higher in general
science, and 128 points higher in geometry. The following table shows how much
higher our 12th graders would have scored in each subject had their scores increased as
much as 12th graders in other countries did:

Lithuania 
Canada 
Cyprus 
Denmark 
Slovenia 
Sweden 
France 
Russia 
Switzerland 
General
Science 
12 
31 
7 
38 
8 
74 
22 
17 
3 
Mechanics,
Girls 

20 
129 
88 
53 
105 
6 
79 
6 
Calculus,
Boys 

34 
135 
55 
22 
5 
71 
65 
31 
Physics (Adv. Science Students) 
40 
96 
101 
66 
131 
1 
101 
45 
General
Math 
42 
44 
14 
104 
28 
88 
40 
13 
54 
Advanced
Math 
108 
44 
93 
70 
14 
43 
72 
96 
57 
Geometry,
Boys 
128 
49 
107 
90 
2 
42 
88 
35 
85 
US Dead Last on 17 of 34 TIMSS subject categories by
sex 
US 
International
Average 
Switzerland 
Position
From Dead Last 
Math
Literacyphysics students 
548 
592 
618 
dl 
Science
Literacyphysics students 
553 
592 
617 
2 
Mechanicsboys 
446 
524 
519 
dl 
Physics
Studentsboys 
439 
523 
529 
dl 
PhysicsAdv
Science Studentsboys 
439 
523 
529 
dl 
General
Scienceboys 
492 
521 
540 
5 
Top
5% Physics Students 
442 
520 
512 
dl 
Advanced
Mathboys 
457 
519 
559 
dl 
Wave
Phenomenaboys 
460 
519 
533 
dl 
Math
Literacyboys 
479 
519 
547 
3 
General
Mathboys 
466 
518 
555 
2 
Modern
Physicsboys 
466 
518 
519 
3 
Geometryboys 
439 
517 
569 
dl 
Numbers
& Equationsboys 
470 
516 
536 
2 
Heatboys 
480 
516 
538 
dl 
Calculusboys 
480 
515 
536 
2 
Elect.
& Magnboys 
430 
514 
507 
dl 
Math
Literacyall students 
471 
510 
531 
dl 
Science
Literacyall students 
480 
510 
523 
2 
Physics
StudentsPhysics 
423 
501 
488 
dl 
Calculusgirls 
439 
487 
486 
2 
Numbers
& Equationsgirls 
447 
485 
488 
2 
General
Mathgirls 
455 
485 
522 
3 
Geometrygirls 
408 
484 
522 
dl 
Elect.
& Magngirls 
409 
483 
452 
dl 
Math
Literacygirls 
462 
483 
511 
2 
Advanced
Mathgirls 
426 
482 
503 
2 
General
Sciencegirls 
469 
482 
500 
7 
Heatgirls 
474 
479 
480 
3 
Modern
Physicsgirls 
446 
477 
457 
4 
Wave
Phenomenagirls 
442 
472 
460 
2 
Physics
StudentsGirls 
405 
469 
446 
dl 
PhysicsAdv
Science Studentsgirls 
405 
469 
446 
dl 
Mechanicsgirls 
393 
466 
444 
dl 
http://wwwcsteep.bc.edu/TIMSS1/TIMSSPDF/dr_alm95/cism1295.pdf
contains the results of 68 TIMSS test questions. On 11 of those test
questions, no other country had a smaller percentage of their students get the correct
answer than the US, on 12 of them only one country was below us, and on 11 of them only 2
countries were below us. Even when we were third from last, it was almost always the
same two countries, while many other countries had a much higher percentage of correct
answers. For example:
 6.4% of American girls answered it correctly, but 68% of Lithuania's boys answered it
correctly "Solution of real values of a quadratic equation", Page 66.
 7.4% of our girls got it right but 50% of Russia's boys got it right, "Triangle
ABC/Rotation", page 28 .
 1.4% of our girls got it right, but 86% of the girls in Greece got it right "Steps
for Mathematical Induction", page 30.
 8.5% of our girls got it right, but 33% of Czech boys got it right", Angle
inscribed by figures inside a triangle" page 41.
 1% of our girls got it right, but 26% of Swiss boys got it right, "Length of string
around a rod", page 45.
 0.8% of our girls got it right, but 57% of French boys got it right, "Complex
number solution of equation" page 46.
 11.2% of our girls got it right, but 54% of Greek boys got it right, "Angle betwee
two vectors" page 62.
Could the quality of our education system can go any lower than that? If so, how
much lower would scores drop if we, say, banned public education and put that 7% of GDP
which public education currently costs into savings accounts for private education?
Read "The Case For Father Custody", by
Dr. Daniel Amneus, now online at cfc.htm
 
