Class Warfare Blog

July 15, 2016

Americans Again Fail in International Math Competition, Wait, … Wha?

The rapacious “entrepreneurs” trying to capture American public school funding for their own personal gain through the creation of bogus charter schools have been using flat out dishonesty to wage their campaign against our public schools. The keystone of their argument against our current schools is that the are failing to educate our kids. (Our schools are failing! Our schools are failing!) I wonder how they explain that the USA Team has won this year’s International Mathematics Olympiad in Hong Kong (last year’s, too). The next positions in the team competition were taken by Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, North Korea, Russia, the UK, Hong Kong, and Japan. Plus, two Americans were among the six individuals to make perfect scores in the competition, along with three contestants from Korea and one from China.

I guess all of those high schoolers must have gone to charter schools.

Let’s see:
Ankan Bhattacharya (International Academy East, Troy, Michigan)
Michael Kural (Greenwich High School, Riverside, Connecticut)
Allen Liu (Penfield Senior High School, Penfield, New York)
Junyao Peng (Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science, Princeton, New Jersey)
Ashwin Sah (Jesuit High School, Portland, Oregon)
Yuan Yao (Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire)

Yep, all of those sound like charter schools to me. I expected them to be from high quality public and private high schools, but, yep … charters … wait, … wha?



  1. I noticed there were no Anglo-Saxon Americans among the American team. Hmmmmmmmm. Our diversity is paying off. 🙂


    Comment by lbwoodgate — July 15, 2016 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

    • Anglo Saxons are only good with body counts, only math they know.

      It would be impolitic to ask but I would like to know how many generations they have been “Americans.” I, for example, am a second generation American in that my grandfather on my father’s side was born in Spain (or that is how the story was told). On my mother’s side (Landreth) I go back, and back, and back … I have always wondered which side of my family determined how long “my family” has been American.

      It is the same kind of wonder that leads me to ask why any Black “blood” in your lineage made you African-American when all them racists would tell you that White blood had to be stronger than Black blood, so why didn’t the White blood in African-Americans genealogies make them White?

      Is great puzzlement!

      On Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 1:10 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 15, 2016 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

      • Technically I would assume your a “true” American if you’re born here – period. But there are those who have a long lineage here but do not reflect what I think are the true American values of inclusiveness and tolerance.


        Comment by lbwoodgate — July 15, 2016 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

        • I don’t visit the sins of the parents on the children, so the “American Experience” going back generations is just about worthless as far as I am concerned. The “our family has lived here for generations” is a statement that says “I am more important than you” and “I understand how this area works better than you.” How that information got transfered from generation to generation is beyond me. I suspect most of the stories about “what grandpa or grandma taught me” are mostly apocryphal because I had two grandmothers and what I learned from them could be pushed into a walnut shell, leaving enough room to pack a squirrel in afterward. Yes, grandma and grandpa trained your mom or dad but usually kids are in a state of reaction against their own parents and rarely breed true when it comes to attitudes, etc.

          Interesting as it is I think it is a subject with no object, if you get my drift. Damn, I am startin’ to write like a Texan … wonder why that is?

          On Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 1:23 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



          Comment by Steve Ruis — July 15, 2016 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

          • “Damn, I am startin’ to write like a Texan … wonder why that is? “

            Our educational influence is far reaching, ya know. 🙂



            Comment by lbwoodgate — July 15, 2016 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

            • Before ah clicked thru yer link I said to myself “Myself, he must be referrin’ to Texas’s profound effect on our school textbooks.” Soon slavery will have been a foreign student aid program and the Theory of Evolution will be sent back to Hell where it came from! Yee hah!

              On Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 1:38 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



              Comment by Steve Ruis — July 15, 2016 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

  2. I’m also looking at the names, and I wouldn’t be surprised if all or most of American team were 1st or 2nd generation immigrants – which makes me think that maybe it’s not all due to the supreme quality of American education.
    And I wouldn’t really consider performance of 6 star students on a competition as indicative of how well other 50 million students are doing.


    Comment by List of X — July 15, 2016 @ 11:56 pm | Reply

    • You missed the point. Sure, these kids are like fine athletes, who get private coaching, summer “travel” programs, and all of the rest. The so-called “evidence” our schools are failing (Our schools are failing!) is bogus, it primarily being how poorly our kids to on international tests. When you control for socio-economic status, our students do as well or better than students in all other countries. If they can cherry-pick the data, cannot we?

      And the whole idea of being recent immigrants is also bogus. Look at the National Spelling Bee competition. Are all of the contestants recently from India? Seems like it. But is being Indian a shortcut to being good at anything? Are they genetically superior?

      Recent immigrants show us the best of our systems. They are saying: look at what I can accomplish with the resources supplied to me in this wonderful country by either the institutions or the money my parents can make from good jobs. Whether anyone wants to do that thing or not is an entirely other matter. If our children would rather hand out in a mall than achieve something important is a real but, again, other question. Whether the resources are being provided for the ones who do want to achieve is the question we are asking and it is clear that America’s public and private schools do a good job. Can many of our schools get better? Now that is a stupid question. All of our schools can get better. The question I am highlighting is whether todays “charter school” and “school choice” efforts are what we need. The answer is a clear “no” and the longer we waste time and money on these bogus efforts, the sooner we will give up or stop trying things that actually work.

      On Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 11:56 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 16, 2016 @ 11:31 am | Reply

      • I did not miss your point. I just disagree with the premise of the post that the fact that 6 American students won an international competition and all came from public schools means that public education is better than charter schools. I think you had at one point posted statistical data that compared public and charter school students and found that public school students on average did as well or better than charter students – now, if I remember that correctly, that is what I would consider evidence that public schools are not failing.
        I don’t think that immigrants are genetically superior – and I’m saying that as an immigrant myself. However, assuming that you immigrate early enough to master English and late enough to keep the native language to be (at least) bilingual, that does confer learning advantages, according to some studies. Also, I suspect that immigrant parents more often push their children to study harder (think the “tiger mom” phenomenon) than American parents – just the fact that they took the risk and made the effort to immigrate already indicates that immigrants are at least more driven to success than their former compatriots.


        Comment by List of X — July 18, 2016 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  3. Again, I was cherry-picking hardly relevant data … just like the eduformers.

    Interestingly, a landmark study attempted to discover the reason why Asian-American students did so much better that Black, Hispanic, and White students in American schools. (The study took place in Northern California and in Wisconsin and focused on HS kids.) Do you think you know why? I thought I did and I was wrong as were almost all of the “experts.” The differences in academic performance between the four groups correlated exactly with … drumroll, please … time on task. The Asian students did not have more innate ability, some sort of cultural advantage, or any of the other “reasons” (aka guesses) offered up to explain the phenomenon.

    It seems that recent immigrants and others keep showing us what our American values are and why and we keep saying “Ah, hell no!”.


    Comment by Steve Ruis — July 18, 2016 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

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