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The 5 most educated countries in the world
The Christian Science Monitor ^ | Whitney Eulich

Posted on 09/28/2012 2:21:32 PM PDT by cunning_fish

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development recently released its Education at a Glance 2012 report. The report examines OECD and G20 countries where the data was available. According to the report, which includes vocational training as part of higher education/post-secondary education, here are the five most educated countries in the world:

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education; Government; Society
KEYWORDS: canada; education; israel; japan; obama; putin; russia; us

1 posted on 09/28/2012 2:21:37 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

Very surprised to see Russia as #1. Who would have guessed? I see none of the “socialist paradises” of Europe are on the list. The loony left gets it wrong again.


2 posted on 09/28/2012 2:26:58 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: cunning_fish

Suprised South Korea was absent.


3 posted on 09/28/2012 2:30:42 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Viennacon

Russia has always been over educated. The USSR produced great heaping gobs of over educated liberal arts types.

Education is not the same thing as smart.


4 posted on 09/28/2012 2:30:58 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: cunning_fish

Suprised South Korea was absent.


5 posted on 09/28/2012 2:31:22 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: cunning_fish
It seems to just measure the number of people who have some sort of college education.

That means an engineer with several PhDs counts the same as a stoner taking two community college classes on Playstation games.

6 posted on 09/28/2012 2:37:33 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: cunning_fish
I'd be very suspicious of any figure coming out of the USSR.
7 posted on 09/28/2012 2:37:48 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive!)
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To: MNJohnnie
The USSR produced great heaping gobs of over educated liberal arts types.

???????????????????????????

Well, they did produce highly trained musicians and dancers, but the emphasis in education was always on science and technology.

Actually, there weren't so many "liberal arts types" there as they were or are here.

First of all, you were trained to fill a slot in the machine. The demand for historians and literary critics and anthropologists was small, so they didn't educate people for those positions.

Secondly, you didn't have much freedom to go from what you were trained at into something else, so you had to make the right choice up front. There was no mom or dad to fall back on either, so most people went into technological careers.

Also, the "liberal arts" were heavily ideological. You couldn't have those jobs unless you wanted to lie and repeat the same tired old slogans, so smart people avoided those jobs.

8 posted on 09/28/2012 2:39:41 PM PDT by x
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To: cunning_fish

Measurement of true smarts is elusive and non-quantifiable. But a good one would be who would survive in a cataclysmic collapse of society and infrastructure. (Hint: country folk.)


9 posted on 09/28/2012 2:39:56 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Yeah well, I know several cutting-edge Russian techs emigrated to the west.

Liberal dunderheads, almost to the man (or woman).


10 posted on 09/28/2012 2:48:58 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: cunning_fish
I always read these types of analysis hoping that someone will stumble onto the obvious outside of the fog of statics, averages, bell-shaped curves, ... The average American is just that; average. It's not a dig. It's a fact. When they compare average education metric-X to other countries; we win some, we lose some. BUT! When you compare the exceptional Americans in information technology, engineering, finance, medicine, business in general, the military, ... we win 100% of the time. Okay. Maybe 99% of the time.

And, IMO. If high education continues to produce the number of of Obama supports that it did in the last election. How exactly is that help us as a nation? -- Captain Obvious
11 posted on 09/28/2012 2:49:30 PM PDT by NamVet71MP
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To: MNJohnnie

This also includes technical training - mechanics, etc.
The USA does not promote that as much as other countries.
Not by a long shot.


12 posted on 09/28/2012 2:49:51 PM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: Huskrrrr; Gay State Conservative

In fact South Korea has the highest percentage of highly educated yound people aged 25-34. In a decade it will be undisputed most educated nation.

As for Russia, GSC, I believe actual number of degrees is even higher than listed there.
Their education system allows to get into college type educational institutions after secondary school instead of high school. It is ranging from tutoring a car mechanics, a production line operating and management or nursing to military tactics&science, history, art and paralegal studies.
All of the above are taught college-style there with tonns of theory.


13 posted on 09/28/2012 3:05:27 PM PDT by cunning_fish (.)
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To: cunning_fish
Where does Cleveland rank?


14 posted on 09/28/2012 3:26:42 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: MNJohnnie

Russians place a high value on education at every level.
High School in Russia was harder than college here, according to my daughter, who was there until age 16.

Unfortunately, being a doctor there will get you a pittance in salary. Yet people do it.


15 posted on 09/28/2012 3:33:50 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Sorry, gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international. Gone.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Boy, are you right there! NYC is overrun with crooked Russian millionaires who go to dinner parties and brag about their “intelligence.” They sit there in horribly tailored suits, with their bitch wives, bragging and bragging until some smart, Jewish New Yorker brings them to heel with one snap of his unfurled tongue.

I can’t stand ‘em!


16 posted on 09/28/2012 3:50:31 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: cunning_fish

The findings are obviously racist since no predominantly Negro and/or African countries head the list. /s


17 posted on 09/28/2012 4:34:55 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: cunning_fish

South Korea now has the largest percentage of Christians in East Asia, according to estimates of church statistics gathered by the World Christian Database. By contrast, the percentage of Christians in China and Taiwan is below 10%; in Japan and North Korea it is below 5%.

Not only are their numbers growing, but the level of religious intensity of South Korean Christians is much higher than that of other religious groups in the country. This is reflected in a recent survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, in which more than a third (35%) of South Korean Christians say that religion is very important in their lives. The comparable numbers among Buddhists and the unaffiliated are 3% and 1%, respectively.

http://pewresearch.org/pubs/657/south-koreas-coming-election-highlights-christian-community


18 posted on 09/28/2012 5:52:41 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: re_nortex

>>>>>>>>
The findings are obviously racist since no predominantly Negro and/or African countries head the list. /s
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LOL. So true /s :)


19 posted on 09/28/2012 6:24:27 PM PDT by cunning_fish (.)
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To: cunning_fish

Having spent the past 25 years in academia

Educated & Intelligent are two different thing


20 posted on 09/28/2012 6:39:38 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: cunning_fish

We would be higher on the list if we had not allowed 40 million or so illiterate peasants to enter our country, most of them illegal.


21 posted on 09/28/2012 6:55:52 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: ilovesarah2012
Either the World Christian Database does not consider Catholics to be Christians, or doesn't consider the Philippines to be part of East Asia. The Philippines is something like 81% Catholic and 10% other Christian.

East Timor or Timor-Leste may also count as East Asian--the population there is 98% Catholic, 1% Protestant, and 1% Muslim. Admittedly it is a much smaller country (a little over 1 million population).

22 posted on 09/28/2012 7:01:14 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Hardraade
Yeah well, I know several cutting-edge Russian techs emigrated to the west. Liberal dunderheads, almost to the man (or woman).

Most of the Russians who came over were very conservative.

Of course, in those days, conservative meant anti-Communist, anti-Soviet.

If we change the terms of debate, not everybody's going to follow.

The old-time refugees really hated Stalin and Communists and liberal dupes but weren't always very keen on absolutely free markets.

That would have been too much of a change for them, though the Russian teachers generally thought better of Reagan than their American students did.

Today's Russian moguls (I don't actually know any of them) are more capitalistic, but also more liberal on social issues (like millionaires everywhere nowadays).

23 posted on 09/29/2012 9:11:44 AM PDT by x
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To: x

The ones I know are more or less household names in the sec biz. Dmitry Gryaznov, for example, thinks he knows that islam is very peaceful.

Others hold that there is no right or wrong, just shades of gray - a prevalent view at places like Microsoft. Others think that no shariah law exists.

None of them is worth a gob of my spit.


24 posted on 09/29/2012 11:06:36 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: NamVet71MP

Actually US and Canada would be much lower on the list were it not for the large immigrant community coming from overseas. The immigrant community have disproportionately higher percentage of people with advance degrees. Especially in engineering, medicine, information technology, and scientific research in most cases is entirely dominated by overseas immigrants.


25 posted on 10/02/2012 12:40:25 PM PDT by ravager
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To: cunning_fish

I call BS on this. Where are Scandinavia, Switzerland, the Austrian speaking Austria?


26 posted on 10/02/2012 12:44:16 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!

If I’m not mistaken it was a study on G20 nations. None of your examples are part of G20.


27 posted on 10/02/2012 3:59:28 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: ravager

>>>>>>>>>>>>
Actually US and Canada would be much lower on the list were it not for the large immigrant community coming from overseas. The immigrant community have disproportionately higher percentage of people with advance degrees. Especially in engineering, medicine, information technology, and scientific research in most cases is entirely dominated by overseas immigrants.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
That is the point for Israel and Russia to some extent as well.


28 posted on 10/02/2012 4:02:24 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

Not nearly as much as US and Canada. Not even close.


29 posted on 10/02/2012 7:49:15 PM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager

Canada? Following Wiki it has only k35-k120 alien population. United States has over 20 million, Russia has about 11-12 million, Germany has some 9 million aliens. These three are top 3 global magnets for migration.
US and Russian aliens combined are more than total Canadian population.


30 posted on 10/02/2012 8:23:08 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

13.6% of Canadian population is foreign born. This is the second highest in the world after Australia. Even higher then the US......and WAY higher then Russia.


31 posted on 10/02/2012 10:03:13 PM PDT by ravager
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To: cunning_fish

And I am talking of foreign born immigrant as a percentage of total population....not alien residents.


32 posted on 10/02/2012 10:04:50 PM PDT by ravager
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To: cunning_fish

And coming back to the original point, if you care to take a second look at the article you posted we aren’t dealing with absolute numbers but percentage of population.


33 posted on 10/02/2012 10:34:50 PM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager

Yes, my mistake. You might be right.


34 posted on 10/02/2012 10:54:37 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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