By Cal Thomas
American public school students fall well behind students around the world in math and science proficiency. This is not debatable. According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, both cited in The New York Times in 2012, “Fourth- and eighthgrade students in the United States continue to lag behind students in several East Asian countries and some European nations in math and science, although American fourth-graders are closer to the top performers in reading.”
In California, the number of credentialed math and science teachers is actually declining, reports the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Newly installed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, believes at least two factors have contributed to these and other problems in American education -- lack of school choice and the failure of top-down policies dictated by Washington.