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U.S. One of Two Countries Where Kids' Educational Attainment is Lower Than Their Parents'

U.S. students today are also less likely to earn technical degrees, courses of study are rising elsewhere with the advent of the digital age.

According to a recent report, Americans aged 25–34 have attained less education than their parents' generation.

If the data cited by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) commission report is correct, the United States and Germany are the only two nations in the world where this holds true.

Indeed, while the United States ranks second among all nations in the proportion of population aged 35-64 with a college degree, we rank tenth in the percentage of those aged 25-34 with an associate's or high school degree.

To make matters worse, there's been a steady decline in American students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- while places like China and India are investing heavily in the infrastructures to support premier programs in those courses of study.

Daniela Perdomo is a contributing writer and editor at AlterNet. You can follow her on Twitter.
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