Norm Augustine is the former CEO of Lockheed Martin. Here is a little quiz: What do Mozambique and the United States have in common? And should anyone care?
.]The problem is that these actions were taken not by the United States, but rather by Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, the United Kingdom, India, Switzerland, and Australia, respectively. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has stated: "Scientific discovery and technological inventions have brought about new civilizations, modern industries, and the rise and fall of nations. … I firmly believe that science is the ultimate revolution." Backing words with actions, China today graduates more English-trained engineers than does the United States. In international standardized tests, the ranking of U.S. 15-year-olds has now fallen to 17th in science and 25th in math among the 34 participating developed nations. And it is not just America's average students who perform poorly; our top students are generally not competitive either. Just-released tests of eighth graders in U.S. schools show little improvement and Harvard's Program of Education Policy and Governance ranks the U.S. high school class of 2011 as 32nd in math among those of 34 developed countries. Fully 70 percent of our nation's youths are ineligible to serve in the armed forces because of mental, physical, or moral shortcomings.