Ninety-three percent of United States public school students in fifth through eighth grade are taught the physical sciences by a teacher without a degree or certificate in the physical sciences.27


Of the Big Three American automakers, one is now owned by a firm in Italy (after having been previously sold by a German firm), and another is 60 percent owned by the United States government.28


The United States ranks 27th among developed nations in the proportion of college students receiving undergraduate degrees in science or engineering.29


Forty-nine percent of United States adults do not know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun.30


The United States graduates more visual arts and performing arts majors than engineers.31


The total annual federal investment in research in mathematics, the physical sciences and engineering is now equal to the increase in United States healthcare costs every nine weeks.32


Bethlehem Steel marked its 100th birthday by declaring bankruptcy.33


The United States ranks 20th in high school completion rate among industrialized nations and 16th in college completion rate.34


In less than 15 years, China has moved from 14th place to second place in published research articles (behind the United States).35


China’s real annual GDP growth over the past thirty years has been 10 percent.36


According to OECD data the United States ranks 24th among thirty wealthy countries in life expectancy at birth.37


For the next 5-7 years the United States, due to budget limitations, will only be able to send astronauts to the Space Station by purchasing rides on Russian rockets.38


The average American K-12 student spends four hours a day in front of a TV.39



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