American 15-year-olds scored below average in math among the world's most-developed countries, according to rankings released every three years. They were close to average in science and reading.
Most corporations make their voices heard loud and clear in Washington. So do many demographic groups -- think retirees and the AARP. But advocates say young Americans, aged 16 to 24, are "rapidly becoming the most disadvantaged group in America."
Host David Brancaccio spoke to journalist and economic policy consultant Jeff Madrick, who writes a column in Harper's Magazine, about the travails of today's youth.
"The elderly and lots of other groups have strong lobbying efforts in Washington. The young certainly do not, and we're only becoming aware of that."
From the White House and the Supreme Court on down, gay rights advocates have won a string of victories this year. Many Americans remain opposed to same-sex marriage, but support for gays and gay marriage has been rising — particularly among young people.