Corruption and Basic Education
Transparency International provides on an annual basis a Corruption Perception Index (CPI), a measure of the perceived level of public sector corruption for each country. The 2015 numbers are now available and the following lists the 40 least corrupt countries in the world.
|16||76||The United States Of America|
|23||70||United Arab Emirates|
|Above copied from The Learning Curve|
Seeing this correlation makes one wonder if measures of educational outcomes can in fact serve as a measure for corruption since poor learning seems to be strongly associated with corrupt governments. The Philippines stands poorly when it comes to international standardized exams. Does it follow that the Philippine government is more corrupt than other governments? In the latest CPI, the Philippines does not compare favorably with some of its closest neighbors in Southeast Asia:
With such a strong correlation between corruption and basic education, one can actually gauge how good a government is by simply looking at how classrooms are performing.