Interesting Education Statistics

These statistics are strange. Some may not shock you, others may. The United States, at one time, was one of the leading powers in education. Now, some college degrees are being thought of as “useless” and “obsolete.” It is saddening to think that our nation has been demoted to the 24th ranking in mathematics, the 21st ranking in science, and the 15th in literacy, as according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Interesting World Education Facts

#1. Japan has the most amount of avid, young comic book readers. The US is ranked #24 in regards to short text reading.

#2. Norway students have the longest span of education on average. Norwegians go to school for approximately 16.9 years. The United States is ranked number fourteen, totaling to an average of 15.2 years.

#3. 40.3% of adults have a college degree in the United States, whereas 6.70% of the rest of the world have a college degree, as according to

#4. There are seven thousand drop outs every day in the United States, as according to

#5. On a lighter note, as according to, one-hundred percent of United States schools have internet access, whereas in 1995, it was fifty percent.

#6. According to Thompsonlearning, online learners are more intelligent and self-sufficient than traditional learners. However, as more and more people grow to accept and take on online-learning, those numbers will most likely decrease.

#7. Ever wonder why community college is called “college” instead of “university?” According to, The etymology of “university” is from the Latin term, “universitas magistrorum et scholarium,” which translates to “Community of Masters and Scholars.”

#8. The amount of student loan debt has surpassed the amount of debt from credit cards, as according to endoftheamericandream.

#9. The average US college student spends less than 30 hours a week on academics. Consider that US high school students spend 35 hours weekly on education, without homework included. This statistic was also given by endoftheamericandream.

#10. In the US today, there are more than 100,000 janitors that have college degrees. Ask yourself, where are their jobs? Has the number of college graduates increased (supply) with a decrease in jobs (demand)? We’re talking basic economics here.

Basically, what these statistics tell us is that we, as a nation, could be in a better state in regards to education. They tell us that a college degree can not ensure you will have a pot of gold (job) at the end of the rainbow (degree). Please keep in mind that there will always be people who do not pursue a career in their fields of study. However, one must evaluate for themselves what they believe is acceptable for their education and future. College degrees, if hired, allow one to make more money than if otherwise. College degrees also allow for student loan debt. College degrees double the amount of money you can earn, than say, if you merely had your high school education. Regardless, education is a blessing and we are blessed to be in a country that has education available to us, regardless of the price tag associated with it.

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