I'm on an email list populated by people who seem to share a more traditional view of math education. One of the members of that list is Wayne Bishop of CSU Los Angeles, who gave me permission to repost his words here:
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/14/immigrants-are-42-percent-of-californias-stem-workforce/Believing that melanin in the skin presents a genetic predisposition to do poorly in math is not doing anyone any favors, either.
A persuasive indictment of US education, especially STEM preparedness. It is particularly ironic in that our professional mathematics education community continues to insist that its aversion to memorization of anything stimulates creativity in mathematics as opposed to bringing along far too many children - especially children from low socioeconomic, low education communities - being DOA by algebra if not long before.