Race Between Math And Education

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If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the countrys education toward the teaching of specific, technical skills. In their comprehensive study, The Race Between Education and Technology, Harvards Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz point out that in the 19th century, countries like Britain, France and Germany educated only a few and put them through narrow programs designed to impart only the skills crucial to their professions. Despite ranking 27th and 30th in math, respectively, American and Israeli students came out at the top in their belief in their math abilities, if one tallies up their responses to survey questions about their skills. Thats why most Asian countries, from Singapore to

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