America’s Millennials: Well educated but unskilled

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The article explains a great deal about this generation:

Half of American Millennials score below the minimum standard of literacy proficiency. Only two countries scored worse by that measure: Italy (60 percent) and Spain (59 percent). The results were even worse for numeracy, with almost two-thirds of American Millennials failing to meet the minimum standard for understanding and working with numbers. That placed U.S. Millennials dead last for numeracy among the study’s 22 developed countries.

To top that off, despite their reputation for being tech-savvy, American Millennials also scored poorly on problem-solving in technology-rich environments, or PS-TRE for short. In that test, 56 percent of American Millennials failed to meet basic proficiency, again ranking them last among the 22 countries.

The results were surprising to the researchers, who told Fortune they thought the generation would score better than older workers.

“We really thought [U.S.] Millennials would do better than the general adult population, either compared to older co-workers in the U.S. or to the same age group in other countries,” Madeline Goodman, an ETS researcher, told the magazine. “But they didn’t. In fact, their scores were abysmal.”

These are people more suited for activism than actually doing/creating something.