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The Onion Expertly Satirizes Panic Over International Test Results

There's a new crisis for education reformers to freak out over. Ten percent of American high schoolers lack basic object permanence.


Heard about how America's in danger of losing her global dominance because students are scoring poorly in reading and math on international tests? Well, it turns out there's a new—and completely unforeseen—crisis for education reformers to freak out over. A full ten percent of U.S. high school students are graduating without basic object permanence.

Yes, folks, our friends at The Onion have been on a roll lately with their satirization of education issues—see their report on a college grad who loves his alma mater despite having loads of student loan debt and no job prospects—and this mocking of the hand-wringing over international test score results expertly keeps their streak going.

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