- #1 Shanghai (China)*
- #2 Hong Kong (China)
- #3 Singapore
- #1 Shanghaai
- #2 Singapore
- #3 Hong Kong
- #1 Shanghai
- #2 Hong Kong
- #3 Singapore
When Estonia regained its independence in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, less than half its population had a telephone line and its only independent link to the outside world was a Finnish mobile phone concealed in the foreign minister's garden. Two decades later, it is a world leader in technology. Estonian geeks developed the code behind Skype and Kazaa (an early file-sharing network). In 2007 it became the first country to allow online voting in a general election. It has among the world’s zippiest broadband speeds and holds the record for start-ups per person. Its 1.3m citizens pay for parking spaces with their mobile phones and have their health records stored in the digital cloud. Filing an annual tax return online, as 95% of Estonians do, takes about five minutes. How did the smallest Baltic state develop such a strong tech culture?
So is the U.S. in trouble? Is the strongest economy ever a generation or two away from mediocrity? NOPE. There is one area where we still lead in eduction: higher education. The total expenditure per student in the U.S. is $18,570, compared to Denmarkk at #2 with $11,600 and Britain at #3 with $8970:
- The top three universities (Harvard, Stanford and Cal).
- Eight of the top ten.
- Seventeen of the best twenty.
- Thirty-seven of the top fifty.
As a nation, we have, apparently, decided to focus on the few who will lead and produce. Who said there is no gifted children program in the U.S.? We have, it's just that it is limited to higher education. Something is working, and this could well be the answer.
Not a particularly great sunset, but the following is just a ho-hum occurrence:
However, I show this scene because tomorrow I am officially notifying the world that my apartment is on sale. What? Give up Heaven? No. First of all, I wonder if there is, really, a Heaven. Second, I just might well be moving to a higher order of Heaven on Earth.