The sad reality is that U.S. math education ranks near the bottom among industrialized nations. Even upper-middle-class school grads can't compete with foreign students. A big difference is mindset: Americans believe math is an inborn talent, while Japanese, Asians, and Nordics believe it's a matter of hard work so all students are expected to master it. But they're mono-racial societies so it's easier, while the racial and class differences, plus the underfunding in poor areas, make it a difficult structural problem to overcome. More equal funding would require massive policy changes. In the short term, online learning like Khan Academy is a partial solution.