US Development Index Slips

I came across this article today at the bbc. According to the report, Americans live shorter lives than citizens of almost every other developed nation. From the article:

  • Of the world’s richest nations, the US has the most children (15%) living in poverty.
  • Of the OECD nations, the US has the most people in prison – as a percentage and in absolute numbers.
  • 25% of 15-year-old students performed at or below the lowest level in an international maths test – worse than Canada, France, Germany and Japan.
  • If the US infant mortality rate were equal to first-ranked Sweden, more than 20,000 babies would survive beyond their first year of life.

Eye opening stuff. The interesting thing for me is that I didn’t find any articles at CNN or the New York Times about this report.

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