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August 31, 2003
Nations ranked according to how educated they are

From here, I went to here, and then to here.

Very interesting. The UK only just misses out on a medal. But I think the interesting thing is what an incredibly close race it is. This suggests to me that something else is involved here besides government policy, which, if it mattered a lot, you would expect to cause things to vary much more according to mad political whims, or maybe differing national psychology or political development. (See for instance the top end of the murder rate page.)

Could it be that people stay at school as long as they can afford to, and as long as they want to, and that the government merely hovers around the outside of it all, fussing? Surely not.

And a great site in general.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 04:05 PM
Category: This and that
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