We are living shorter lives, spend the most on health care than on any other nation, and a 25% of 15 year olds are at or below math skills internationally. The article is here.
The shorter life span has to do with the obesity rates which doesn’t surprise me. Interestingly enough, the shortest life spans are in the south: Mississippi is rated the lowest in the United States whereas Connecticut is rated the highest.
I won’t even pretend to offer any solutions because it’s too complex. But it is something to ponder about.
Another thing: I’ve been listening to lectures on tape and these lectures deal with economics. There was an interesting statistic: the higher the gdp (Gross Domestic Product) in the country, the less likely the country will be religious. France, Germany, Japan, and England have high gdp’s, yet they are usually rated low on religiousity. Brazil, Afghanistan, other Middle Eastern Countries and a few South American countries have a low gdp, yet they have a high religiousity. This correlates with every country–with the exception of one: the USA. We have a high gdp and a high religiousity rate. Interesting stuff.