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Conclusion In conclusion the US' science curriculum lags behind other countries and needs to be reformed in order to produce students who are competitive in the global economy. After taking a look at how much the US lags behind other countries by examining the different assessments, the TIMSS, and the PISA. Where the US placed about 21st put of 30 countries and its performance has not changed since 1995 when the TIMSS assessments began. While other countries like Japan where students are taking very strong literacy oriented courses in science instead of taking the traditional college prep course that the US students take, and countries like Finland where students begin to take major science course like biology, chemistry, and physics at 5th grade. While the US doesn't really begin teaching students major science until they get into high school. So in order to be able to match the scoring of countries like Finland and Japan, the US needs to reform its science curriculum to in order to produce students that are competitive in the global economy. By using Finland and Japan as a reference, the US can reform its science curriculum so that it can be similar to them or see how their curriculum can be improved. If the US does not reform its science curriculum, then countries like Japan, Finland, will continue to surpass the US in science. According to the TMISS the US' score has not changed since 1995 , while other countries have been improving their scores over the years. If the science curriculum is not reformed then this will continue to the point where the US will probably be at or near the bottom. But if changes are made to the science curriculum like the ones suggested in this paper. Then as a result the US scores would begin to gradually rise because the knowledge of science in students would be more extensive. Thus students would become more interested in science as well. Also not only will the US scores raise, but students will begin to achieve competitiveness in the global economy. But just like how it took some time to see that the US was lagging behind other countries in science, it will also take time to see the US begin to increase in scientific literacy and should not be something to be rushed because it will only end badly. Once the science curriculum is reformed students will begin to obtain scientific literacy and in the long run, the US' will begin to rise up the ranks in scientific literacy internationally.
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