60332849 story Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards 688 Posted by samzenpus on Thursday May 22, 2014 @12:35AM from the one-plus-one-equals-spoon dept. thephydes (727739) writes "The maths skills of teenagers in parts of the deep south of the United States are worse than in countries such as Turkey and barely above South American countries such as Chile and Mexico. From the article: '"There is a denial phenomenon," says Prof Peterson. He said the tendency to make internal comparisons between different groups within the US had shielded the country from recognising how much they are being overtaken by international rivals. "The American public has been trained to think about white versus minority, urban versus suburban, rich versus poor," he said.'"