USA Ranked 21th in Science according to NBC’s Nightly News

Yes, I know, it should read, “USA ranked 21st in science,” but someone at NBC Nightly News has a satirical sense of humor.

On tonight’s show, reporter Rhema Ellis gave us the stats on the PISA scores which rank countries world wide for how 15 year-olds perform in tests such as science, math, and reading.

NBC's Nightly News Graphic on the PISA scores

NBC’s Nightly News Graphic on the PISA scores

It seems that the report wanted to validate the stats by showing a graphic that resulted in a hash tag on twitter. #21th

I know it is a serious segment, but I could not stop laughing at the significance of the mistake and the content of the report. I did send them a tweet, and so did 17 other people.

And they did respond.

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