Fact: the US is falling behind, or at least, stagnating in objective testing of math skills. The "way we used to do it" wasn't keeping up, and whatever we've been trying to do with implementation of "new math" hasn't helped either. The one thing that we KNOW wasn't working, was the "old way", either in methodology, or implementation. You seem to think there's not a problem here, that ranking 30- something in the world is just fine, but I look at the numbers and I see an alarming gap. I believe that we are intellectually hobbling our youth. This is the greatest nation that has ever existed on the face of the Earth. Are we not smart enough to take a look at what the top five scoring nations are teaching and rip 'em off? Just what exactly is Singapore teaching? How are they teaching it?