Comparisons: The "PISA Myth" Everyone Loves
Everyone loves the "US schools are awful" myth, according to this post (The amazing truth about PISA scores) Ezra Klein noted in Wonkbook this morning. Why?
"The liberal left in U.S and in Europe loves this myth, because they get to demand more government spending, and at the same time get to gloat about how much smarter Europeans are than Americans. The right also kind of likes the myth, because they get to blame social problems on the government, and scare the public about Chinese competitiveness."
Take out uneducated nonwhite immigrants and American schools (red bar) aren't doing all that bad on PISA, apparently.