Awful: In the US, 13.5% of 15-year-olds can distinguish between fact and opinion when trying to interpret a complex reading task.

In the US, 13.5% of 15-year-olds can distinguish between fact and opinion when trying to interpret a complex reading task. In the UK, it’s just 11.5%.

Those results are both better than the OECD average of 9%, according to the latest results of PISA, or the Programme for International Student Assessment, an international test of math, science, and reading which is administered by the OECD every three years.

“The world continues to change but education systems have a hard time keeping up,” said Andreas Schleicher, head of the OECD’s education unit.

Like in previous years, the top performers hailed from Asia. China 1and Singapore scored significantly higher in reading than all the other places that participated in the latest test.

qz.com/1759474/only-9-percent-of-15-year-olds-can-distinguish-between-fact-and-opinion/

That’s awful. Our kids are so dumb, unlike those smart Europeans. Well, not so much: “In the UK, it’s just 11.5%. Those results are both better than the OECD average of 9%, according to the latest results of PISA, or the Programme for International Student Assessment, an international test of math, science, and reading which is administered by the OECD every three years.”

It does suggest that K-12 education sucks everywhere, which is not a huge surprise. It also suggests that if, as I’ve argued,education in critical thinking is essential to protect against the harms of fake news and toxic viral ideas, well, we’ve got a long way to go. Makes you wonder if the powers that be actually want citizens who can think critically.

 

h/t GR