Thursday, July 5, 2007

Newfoundland - Educational Powerhouse

Being from Newfoundland and Labrador, I thought this chart was rather striking.


Generally, one doesn't associate NL with educational attainment, but the second-lowest high-school dropout rate in the country has got to be worth a considerable amount, at least in my opinion. Perhaps more striking is the degree of improvement witnessed since 1990, when we were the worst nationally.

I'm not sure what we can attribute this to. The fall of religious-baed public schooling may have contributed. Possibly also the cod moratorium, since the fishery provided a fair number of jobs that didn't require much in terms of education.

Either way, the province is deeply in debt to whatever caused this.

Source: http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/81-004-XIE/2006003/backto.htm#f

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