FROM Paul E. Peterson
US High School Math Students Score 31st Out of 56 Countries In the first-ever study of its kind, the US is 31st among 56 countries, from Taiwan to the Czech Republic, in the performance of top students in math. That's according to researchers at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Munich in Germany. What are the implications for US competitiveness in science, engineering, technology and other components of the global economy? Paul Peterson, a Harvard University professor and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, is editor-in-chief of Education Next , which has published the findings.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?