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Study Shows U.S. Is Not Falling Behind in STEM Education


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A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America counters the persistent myth that the United States is falling behind in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. The study looked at the skills of computer programmer graduates around the world by using a standardized programming test.

"Computer Science Skills Across China, India, Russia, and the United States" strikes several blows to the great American STEM shortage myth:

  1. The study found that "Seniors in the United States exhibit much higher levels of [computer science] skills than seniors in China, India, and Russia."
  2. "Although seniors in elite programs score much higher than seniors in non-elite programs in China, India, and Russia, they still score lower than seniors in the United States."
  3. U.S. computer science seniors from elite schools greatly outperform computer science seniors from elite schools in the foreign countries.
  4. "The substantial advantage of [computer science] students in the United States is not driven by the presence of international students."

Collectively, foreign computer programmers do not bring higher skills to America. They simply bring cheap labor.

From Center for Immigration Studies
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