WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A new study from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth finds higher math and science scores in schools is good for the economy.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ranks the United States as 24th in math and science scores. Researchers found getting U.S. math and science scores to rank at 19th would increase national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 1.7 percent over 35 years. Getting the rank to 7th, where Canada is, would increase the GDP by 8.4 percent in that time, which amounts to $10 trillion.
"One of the main goals was to see how we could promote more widely shared and faster economic growth," Robert G. Lynch, the economist who wrote the report, told the New York Times. He believes improving math and science scores more than pays for itself. The research shows the cost of investing in improving scores would be far less than how much it would help the economy.