Sep 12

Past Event

Is Our Stagnant School System Endangering our Nation’s Future Prosperity?

Event Materials



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The association between student math performance and subsequent economic growth is very strong. It suggests that if the United States could lift its performance to the level achieved by Canadians, the average U.S. paycheck might increase by 20 percent. In order to achieve this growth the U.S. will have to perform substantially better at the advanced level. Over 13 percent of the students in both Germany and in Canada are high achievers, while only about 7 percent in the U.S. perform at the advanced level. In Asia, the percentage of advanced students escalates upward--to 16 percent in Japan, 20 percent in Korea, and 30 percent in Singapore. This event explored why the United States must do better if it wishes to enhance its economic strength.

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Presentation: "Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School" »

Event Agenda

  • Introduction and Moderator

  • Presentation: Endangering Prosperity

    • Eric Hanushek

      Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education

      Hoover Institution

    • Paul E. Peterson

      Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government

      Harvard University

    • Ludger Woessmann

      Professor of Economics

      Ludwig Maximilians Universität München

  • Discussants


September 12, 2013

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW


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Related Book

  • Endangering Prosperity

    A Global View of the American School

    Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson and Ludger Woessmann, June 26, 2013