Asia defeats U.S. in Problem Solving

Asia defeats U.S. in Problem Solving | PakistanTribeWASHINGTON – Youth in many under developing countries isn’t only the largest group in numbers but it’s now proved that the Asian Youth are more brilliant than the U.S. peer group, PakistanTribe.com reported.

According to the report 15-year-olds in Asia are better problem solvers than the same group in United States and Europe.

New study conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says that the Children in Asian countries are on average better problem solvers than their European and American peers.

In 2012 the organization tested more than 85,000 15-year-olds in 44 countries and economies on their problem solving skills, testing their ability to explore limitations or obstacles and to understand information given to them.

While Singapore, Japan, China and Korea were among the top-performing economies, the United States scored just above the average and Russia and Israel lagged behind with lower-than-average scores.

“Today’s 15-year-olds with poor problem-solving skills will become tomorrow’s adults struggling to find or keep a good job,” said Andreas Schleicher, acting director of education and skills at the OECD.

The problems in the test were designed to be similar to those faced by many workers in every day situations — such as using an unfamiliar mobile phone or a ticket-vending machine.

The report says one in 10 workers faces such hurdles every day. But the skills become even more important in the sectors that drive developed economies — highly skilled managerial and technical occupations.

The pupils were also asked to consider situations involving a number of alternatives and constraints to make a decision — for example choosing the right pain killer given sufficient details about the patient, their complaints and the available pain killers.

In another parts, students had to solve scheduling problems for projects such as building a house or generating a flight schedule for an airline.

One question asked the children to plan a seating plan for a birthday party according to the wishes of the individual party guests.

Top 25 in problem solving

1. Singapore

2. Korea

3. Japan

4. China*

5. Canada

6. Australia

7. Finland

8. United Kingdom

9. Estonia

10. France

11. Netherlands

12. Italy

13. Czech Republic

14. Germany

15. United States

16. Belgium

OECD Average

17. Austria

18. Norway

19. Ireland

20. Denmark

21. Portugal

22. Sweden

23. Russian Federation

24. Slovak Republic

25. Poland

*Combined results of Macao, HK, Shanghai, Chinese Taipei

Source: OECD Pisa 2012

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