Continuing my quest for good quality, legal, state sponsored and regulated marihuana in Uruguay, I have been gently enquiring whether people have been signing up at the local pharmacy. So far, no one has admitted to doing so. Instead, they gripe that Uruguay is getting known for the wrong reasons.
However, the main lament, said with great passion, is that the education system is broken. The after dinner talk is that children’s vocabularies have shrunk to the basics required for crude communication. I thought it apposite to compare Uruguay with Spain and Italy, from whence most of its citizens originally emigrated. In fact, both those Iberian nations are within measurement error of each other, but both are better than Uruguay.
Maths Reading Science
Italy 485 490 494
Spain 484 488 496
Uruguay 409 411 416
In terms of trends, Spain has improved by about 2 points since the last assessment, while Uruguay has lost 1 point in Maths, and 2 in Reading and Science. Uruguay has lots of low achievers in Maths, at twice the OECD average. Something is going wrong in maths teaching. Perhaps the locals are right: an education system which was once respected and even admired has lost its way. 6 million dollars is being spent from tight educational budgets just on security to stop school windows being broken by stone throwers. Respect for teachers is waning. It is a little early to blame the Left leaning government (though many do so) and it could be due to: social media, mobile phones, over-generous social security payments, and a lapse of family and Burgher aspirations. It might even be due to free enterprise marihuana, the state sponsored version being yet to hit the streets.
It is little comfort, but Brazil and Argentina are a worse. Come to think of it, it is a great comfort. Uruguay is ahead of its large, overbearing and dysgenically dull neighbours. Scrap all the above.