The United States currently lags behind other industrialized nations when it comes to education standards. In 2006 the National Center for Education Statistics compared the test scores of 15-year-old students in the U.S. with students from other countries which are part of the Organization for Economic Development and found that the U.S. students placed below average in math and science scores compared to other countries that participated in the study. 1. In order to compete globally we have to find a way to close the gap in order to move forward. Who should the blame be placed on? The students and parents or the school systems? Who is responsible for ensuring our graduating students are adequately educated? If we place the responsibility on our school systems do we hold them legally responsible or say it is just a moral responsibility Education is the backbone of our county's effort to produce an adequate and capable workforce. As technology continues to evolve and our country becomes more and more dependent on complex machinery and production techniques our work force has to adapt to be able to function. This adaptation relies primarily on education.