Maybe we’re just not that smart …

Yesterday, we reported that the U.S. is, on average, #40 in the world in mathematics.

Usual punditry is that schools are bad … blame it on the teachers.

But, I wondered: is it a bad production process (the schools) … or could it be the raw material going into the process (i.e. innate brain power).

So, the question of the day: how does the U.S. rank on IQ versus other countries?


According to IQ Research

The average IQ in the U.S. is 98

…  tied with 8 other countries for a #23 ranking in the world

…  far behind several Asian entities (i.e. countries plus Hong Kong).





Of course, the mediocre U.S. math skills are driven by many factors, including the effectiveness of schools & teachers, educational support & encouragement at home and, oh yeah, students’ brain power.

Maybe we’re just not as smart as we think we are …



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One Response to “Maybe we’re just not that smart …”

  1. Ron Gruner Says:

    A correlation of IQ to PISA scores must have been done. Be interesting to see the results. Also, Massachusetts ranks highest in PISA and is not too far behind the international leaders. Would be interesting to see the Massachusetts PISA scores by ethnicity and how they compare with other countries.

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