The United States, Liberia and Myanmar are the only countries in the world that do not
officially use the metric system for weights and measurements. On the brink of Thursday’s Brexit vote, author Daniel Pink wonders when, if ever, the U.S. might join the rest of the metric world.
The PISA test is given to students in more than 60 countries as a way to compare scores in reading, math and science across the globe. As in past years, 2012 results show the U.S. near the middle. For insight on the results, Jeffrey Brown talks to Andreas Schleicher of the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development. Continue reading
In the news Wednesday, the Obama administration announced nearly 50 million Americans are living in poverty, 3 million more than the official census count. The higher count is based off a supplemental measure of poverty that accounts for out-of-pocket medical costs and work-related expenses. Continue reading
The new "Common Core" sets the standard for learning in America, but how do states test for these new, more complex and career-ready skills? Special correspondent for education John Merrow examines the challenge facing schools and teachers in measuring things like critical thinking and collaboration. Continue reading