Regarding the article “U. S. adults score low on global skill tests,” the obvious explanation would be that Japan, Finland, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands have more homogeneous cultures. And they do not have the influx of refugees that would be able to change their educational system.
The fact that the older adult population was able to do better indicates a time when, even though we were a country of immigrants, the last group was not as diverse and was more able to blend into the system. The older population was a generation who wanted to be absorbed into the society. Education was considered essential in achieving this goal, and teachers and the public school system were given the recognition and respect that promoted that goal.
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