U.S. Adults Deemed “Dumber than Average” after Poor Test Results

Mar 3, 2014 | 8:00 am
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The United States has long prided itself on American “exceptionalism,” an idea which suggests that the U.S.A. has the best of everything – from the world’s best economy to the world’s best educational system. The concept of exceptionalism is not just some fluke, but rather it is based in the idea that the very core principles on which the U.S. is founded are key to the country’s success. But, as can be seen from the findings of a recent international study the United States is far from exceptional when the intelligence of its adults is compared to the intelligence of adults from other regions.

ap examsIn a study called the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 116,000 people between the ages 16 to 65 were tested in skills which were deemed critical for global growth and competitiveness. American scores came in below the international average. These findings were quickly picked up around the world, with American adults being branded “dumber” than the international average.

Commentators were quick to point out that American adults have not been retrained on new and vital skills at the same rate as adults in other countries which fared better on the test. In addition to American adults, test takers from Spain and Italy also did poorly. These countries too were noted for not having aggressively retrained adults in vital new skills needed by the global economy in the present and in coming decades.

These results now show that America’s adults have joined the country’s children, who have historically scored poorly on international aptitude tests. These latest findings come at a time when the United States is trying to get its economy back on track, and shows that the labor force may need additional training in order to be up to the task.

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