View Full Version : There's education and then there is education

06-17-2015, 10:16 PM
The United States long led the world in the percent of its population that achieved a bachelorís degree. Since the 1990s, however, that has no longer been the case for the younger generation. As of 2010, among the top performers on PISA, Finland, Poland and South Korea have now surpassed the United States for adults aged 25-34 years with tertiary type A (bachelorís) degrees. Six other countries (Sweden, Australia, Iceland, the UK, Netherlands and Norway) also surpass the United States in percentage of young adults with bachelor degrees.

ncee (http://www.ncee.org/2014/05/statistic-of-the-month-engineering-and-science-degree-attainment-by-country/)

one illustration - does not take population into consideration.


Canada made a self-evaluation and used per capita numbers: CBC (http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/details/education/graduates-science-math-computer-science-engineerin.aspx)


It's not looking good and is gonna get a lot worse.

06-17-2015, 10:43 PM
OPPs - missed one; does not consider population as an input.


06-18-2015, 09:25 AM
It was a different time and a different world, but my grandpa never finished high school. He had to drop out and get a job before he got a diploma because he knocked Grandma up and had to get married.

He was very successful, not extremely wealthy, but comfortable enough to not worry about things like Grandma's nursing home care. He worked for decades as a Ford engineer, and they just sent to diploma mills for him whenever they upped the educational requirements for his job level. He also invented the cam/loc ratchet wrench on his own.

He was always proud of his educated grandchildren and he put my mom through nursing school when she was young. He valued education, but he made it pretty good in life with the minimum.