dramatic improvment in math scores a g-dsend
In another 8 or 9 years, we’re going to see a huge jump in the level and abilities of our first year university students. Obviously the changes to the school curriculum have been a success as our 8th graders this year improved Israel’s international standing in math to a serious degree. In the early 1980s we consistently held first place out of all the countries in math (and science). By 2004 we’d fallen all the way down to 32nd place. In 2007 we had at least moved up to 24th –still an abysmal ranking. Now, according to the tests given in 2011, our students have made a dramatic jump up to 7th place, scoring above the U.S. and most European countries.
All we’ve got is the brain-power of our citizens going for us in our tiny little country. In another 10 years, our university students will be a force to be reckoned with and I hope our universities will improve the standards, requirements and course-work to meet the needs and challenge a more able and apt student body.