July 20, 2011 By

15-Year-Olds in Asia Are Better Problem Solvers than In the U.S.

students_0A new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reveals that the children in Asian countries are better problem solvers than their European and American peers.

The study conducted on more than 85,000 15-year-olds in 44 countries and economies tested their ability to explore limitations or obstacles and to understand information given to them. The problems in the test were similar to those faced by many workers in everyday situations like using an unfamiliar mobile phone or a ticket-vending machine.

Singapore, Japan, China and Korea were among the top-performing economies and the United States scored just above the average. Russia and Israel had lower-than-average scores. “Today’s 15-year-olds with poor problem-solving skills will become tomorrow’s adults struggling to find or keep a good job,” said Andreas Schleicher, acting director of education and skills at the OECD.

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