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What's wrong with the numbers we teach U.S. children today?

Dear Parents, Teachers, and People who care:

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"The U.S. is at the bottom of math education and nobody seems to know how to fix it."

-Jimmy Fallon
Host of The Tonight Show on NBC

Science proves how to fix U.S. math education, but it's not in schools yet.

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"The number system in English is highly irregular. Not so in China, Japan and Korea. They have a logical counting system. Eleven is ten one. Twelve is ten two. Twenty-four is two ten four, and so on."

-Malcolm Gladwell
From the #1 New York Times Bestselling book, Outliers

From the Wall Street Journal

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The trouble starts at 11. English has a unique word for the number, while Chinese, Japanese and Korean have words like "ten one".

-Wall Street Journal

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The Countries With Most STEM Graduates


4.7M STEM grads / 17M birth rate = 27% STEM grads

2.6M STEM grads / 26M birth rate = 10% STEM grads

.56M STEM grads / 4M birth rate = 14% STEM grads

.2M STEM grads / 2M birth rate = 10% STEM grads

.2M STEM grads / 1M birth rate = 20% STEM grads

Source: World Economic Forum

Percentage of STEM Grads Per Capita

Source: World Economic Forum


Top 20% - Science-based numbers like "Ten One"

China - 27%

Japan - 20%

Bottom 80% - Unique words like "Eleven"

USA - 14%

India - 10%

Indonesia - 10%

Percentage of U.S. High School Grads Who Are Ready For College Math

% of U.S. High School Graduates Meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmark in Maths

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Percentage of U.S. Population With College Degree

Percent of U.S. Population over age 25 who have earned a Bachelor's Degree or above

Source: U.S. Census

How Much More $$$ Do College Grads Make?

The difference in median annual earnings of college vs high school grads - when each generation were ages 25-32

Source: Pew Research Center

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