Wednesday, May 9, 2012

We Should Be So Lucky

But high education rates takes a lot of work.  Ignorance doesn't.  For this post to make sense, feel free to see my previous. Somebody needs to watch the watchers, right?

Some numbers:

I m so smart. S-M-R-T
South Korea on the whole is one of the best educated countries in the world.  According to PISA/OECD rankings South Korea ranks in the top 5 in science, math, and reading performance.  On average, the country has the 2nd highest education rate in the world.  The US is 14th, 17th, and 23rd in those categories.  And Texas is getting graded on a curve, carried by the rest of the country.  Depending upon the numbers Texas is 44th and 47th in education.  Thanks again, Mississippi!

As for comparison to San Francisco.  64.55% of Dallasites haven't completed college compared to 46.47% of San Franciscans.  47.06% of SF citizens have achieved bachelors or higher compared to 30.45% of Dallasites.  Those dumb hippies.

In South Korea, 82% of the population head to college.  I'm still looking for the amount that graduate.  But no worries, here are similar numbers from SF and Dallas:  69.67 and 54.13 respectively.  Once again, Dallas is last of the three by some margin.

Yeah, but we're rich.  Err.
Dallas has 23.2% of the population living below the poverty line.  San Fran has 11.6%.  Seoul's is 12.  To put that in a little bit of context, we're also the most car-dependent of the three.  By far.  Travel by car is also the most expensive form of travel.  Car dependence and the infrastructure catering to that inertia is bankrupting us, crippling the economy, increasing the reliance/dependence of an ever-increasing percentage of the population on public services, and reducing the cities ability to provide said services.

I wanted to take a picture of my walk home where a crosswalk led straight into a curb.  Tough luck wheelchairs.  Survival of the fittest is a mofo.

In  Seoul, 26% commute by car.  In San Francisco: 46.4%.  In Dallas, that number is 89.1% (0.1% bike - I'm guessing that's rounded up).

They say you get the leaders you deserve.  No wonder San Francisco and Seoul made the smart decision to take freeways out from their downtowns.

People are people.  We have the same emotional needs and wants as everybody else.  It's the way we're wired.  The differences, be they climatic, architectural, education rates, or in transportation patterns aren't indicative of inherent "market" preferences, but superficial.  They aren't inherent, but by-products of systems gone right.  Or wrong.  If you're willing to hold those prejudices, we aren't looking so hot.  At least the weather is warming.

Myopia.  Ain't it grand.

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