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The US has been falling behind in academics over the last couple of decades About twenty-three years ago the US ranked first in the world in the number of young adults who had high school diplomas and college degrees In 2007 we ranked ninth and seventh respectively among industrialized nations Also in 2007 the United States ranked 18 out of 24 industrialized nations in terms of relative effectiveness of its education system These facts become even more embarrassing for the US Math majors in the US are equivalent to high school graduates in India in terms of math study Also some Americans cannot point out all the states in the United States This fact is especially bad for US students because some students in countries like India and China can point out all of the states in the US on a map Are students in other countries more academically prepared for the future than students in the US While these facts support the notion that the US is falling behind in academics US students tend to excel in different areas when compared to other industrialized countries The American school system lays stress of individual ability development and encourages kids to express themselves and their opinions from an early age As a result most Americans are way better at getting their point across as compared to people from other countries Our superintendent Dr Lorna Lewis also seems to agree with this notion that US doesnt have a bad education In fact she praises our education and says its better than other countries Theres an elite group in India and China thats always compared with the US students Overall the US is better in education Even with these facts the consensus is that the US is simply not that strong academically anymore The country really has to increase the quality of its offspring to still be the most powerful country in the world Even with the few
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