Spending on education in many other countries outstrips that of the UK. But what does that mean for our children's futures?
According to the latest data, the UK is not even in the top 10% of countries for spending on education. In-fact almost 30% of governments in other countries spend more money on educating their children than the UK does. This includes countries such as Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Korea & Botswana.
There are more indications of falling education with two thirds of universities having slipped down in the international university league tables every year since 2017. Mainly blamed on Brexit & austerity. However it is not just governmental spending which is lacking but parents in the UK spend less on education than many other nations as well.
In some of the poorest countries in the world, are spending more on education (percentage of income) than UK families do. Countries like Nepal, Vietnam & Uganda all spend roughly one quarter of their household income on education, when you compare this to 4.3% of British household budgets is spent on education.
This is no surprise, when who look at the declining book sales in the UK. Reading books is the number one indicator for a child's future success & a key part of developing skills needed for school. Even other countries in the west, such as Poland, France, Hungry & Spain read more often & for longer periods of time when compared to the British.
No matter how you look at it, British households & government are spending less money on education. But why? There is no question that austerity is affecting both governmental spending & household spending but does the roots go further than this? How much does the UK value education in comparison to the rest of the world? The importance placed on education has been declining amongst children. It has been speculated there is a resignation in UK that education does not lead to social mobility, while others blame the media for talking about realist TV stars instead of scientists & academics.
The true answer is probably a mix of all three, with some others thrown in as well. However the effect of this is going to be felt by our children. As the international jobs market grows, their will be more opportunities, however the competition levels are also going to be high. With results from institutions such as PISA who rank education in countries around the world, UK children will already have to compete against the stigma of not being educated from a top performing country.
However there is hope. If the importance we place on education is one of the main reasons of failing results, we in our communities can turn it around. Set up homework or book clubs; take more trips to museums & read daily to our children. Show your children everyday how much you value their education. There are plenty of companies ready to take the heavy lifting to make education fun again!
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