To the Editor:
Two articles appeared in the Killeen Daily Herald attacking American exceptionalism: “American adults score poorly on global test” by Kimberly Hefling of the Associated Press (Oct. 9) and “American adults lack life skills, tests indicate” by Ann McFeatters (Oct. 14), a Scripps Howard columnist.
Both of these articles bemoan the notion that American adults do not score as well as adults from other countries on life skills (McFeatters) or reading and math skills (Hefling). Both writers cite some important studies conducted by global statistics-gathering agencies.
To all of this I say BUNK! Despite the recent “dumbing down,” America still leads the world in most major fields and achievements. Engineering, food production, technology, art, music, communications, transportation, medicine, and research, to name a few, still belong to us.
America is the place people from all over the world send their children for education and training. America’s health care and medical research remain the envy of the world.
Writers Hefling and McFeatters have badly missed the mark, and it may have been intentional left-wing snobbery on their part. They seem to dislike American exceptionalism and are trying to get others to believe them. In the real world of achievements and accomplishments, I really don’t think we American adults score lower than adults from other countries. After all, it is only America’s flag that flies on the moon. It was placed there by American adults.
George Van Riper