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Submission + - US students fall further behind in math, science and reading (washingtonpost.com)

OffTheLip writes: According to the Washington Post, students in the US continue to trail many other developed nations in math, science and reading. From the linked article, "The United States ranked 25th in science literacy and 24th in reading literacy. Singapore topped all nations in all three categories. China, Japan, Korea, Canada, Switzerland, Estonia, Australia and New Zealand were among the other top-performing countries."

Some of the blame falls on the broader education system but within the US some states are performing better than others which could be seen as a sign of encouragement. The incoming presidential administration has different plans for education based on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

Submission + - Mapping two political America's (nytimes.com)

OffTheLip writes: Even though the US election for president is now history the New York Times found an interesting view of how the electorate voted. Along with winning the electoral college Donald Trump won geographically (85% of the land mass) whereas Hillary Clinton won the popular vote with support from urban areas of much smaller geographic size. All apropos of nothing but an interesting graphical perspective.

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