Oh how the mighty have fallen. The United States used to be the pinnacle of innovation and education. Used to be. Last week standardized test scores for 15 and 16 year old teenagers in math and science coordinated worldwide by the Paris-based Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development were released and the U.S. did sub-par to say the least. The U.S. slipped from 25th to 31st in math since 2009; from 20th to 24th in science; and from 11th to 21st in reading, performing below the OECD average in mathematics with 481 points, and a score indistinguishable from the average for reading and science. In more recent news an 8th grade test dated back to 1912 was discovered in Kentucky donated to the Bullitt County History Museum. To say the least the test questions looked difficult, as far as our standards go today. Here are a couple of questions from the exam: -Through which waters would a vessel pass in going from England through the Suez Canal to Manila? -During which wars were the following battles fought: Brandywine, Great Meadows, Lundy’s Lane, Antietam, Buena Vista?
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World’s richest woman Gina Rinehart is enduring a media firestorm over an article in which she takes the “jealous” middle class to task for “drinking, or smoking and socializing” rather than working to earn their own fortune. What if she has a point? Steve Siebold, author of “How Rich People Think,” spent nearly three decades interviewing millionaires around the world to find out what separates them from everyone else. It had little to do with money itself, he told Business Insider. It was about their mentality. ”[The middle class] tells people to be happy with what they have,” he said. “And on the whole, most people are steeped in fear when it comes to money.” TIP: NAVIGATE GALLERY USING < LEFT AND RIGHT > ARROW KEYS [source]