For years, poor performance by students in America relative to those in other countries has been explained away as a consequence of our nationwide diversity. But what if you looked more closely, breaking down our results by state and searching not for an average, but for excellence?
Perhaps this is why we have 9.8% unemployment and 1.28 million discouraged unemployed? Do we have minimum wages that are higher than what these people can produce?
Also, even if the USA sucks at math, how does it compare in say art or music? Do we have better singers, more talented fashionistas, or more original artists?