I don't want to open up a can of worms with this, but thought this article interesting. Apparently the UK's education system is ranked sixth best in the developed world, according to a global league table published by education firm Pearson.
Australia comes 13th. It's nice to see something positive for the UK.
In my experience (with my children) I found the standard of education much better at their school in England than here in Adelaide - which doesn't make me feel great as a Mum, as I feel guilty about taking them away from such a good (state) school.
However, to make us feel better, Australia is ranked 2nd most lucky country to be born in (UK 27th), based on factors such as geography, demography, social and cultural characteristics, GDP per head, life expectancy at birth, quality of family life, political freedom, job security, climate, personal security, community life, governance and gender equality.
Switzerland comes 1st, but the article reminds us that in the film `The Third Man', Orson Welles’ character, the rogue Harry Lime, famously says that Italy for 30 years had war, terror and murder under the Borgias but in that time produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance; Switzerland had 500 years of peace and democracy—and produced the cuckoo clock.
Can the same criticism be aimed at Australia?