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.