A lot of Americans think of America as the best country in the world. It certainly but depending on what someone is looking at, America may not even rank in the top 10.
The United States dropped down to 27th in ranking for education and health care, a long drop from 6th place back in 1990. Based on the number of years between 20 and 64 that a person can work while achieving peak performance, that equals the “human capital” number a country has. The lowest number being less than 1.6 in Niger, America is fair ways away from the bottom, but it’s not where many would think it would be.
23 years of human capital seems low when many people think about their own time in the workforce. Many people start work well before eighteen, and retirement has been pushed out for many if they ever get to really retire at all, resulting in many years beyond twenty-three being worked.
Whether they realize it or not, though, as people work over the years, they’ve felt the decrease in optimal performance. It’s a natural part of aging to some degree. But access to higher education and proper health care can extend the number of years someone can achieve peak productivity in the workplace and for themselves.
Quality education starts at home with the parents and throughout the rest of their educational career. It takes responsibility on the part of the district, county, state, and nation to ensure that all people going through the system have access to the quality education. It’s the same with healthcare. When not provided, people have to go out of their way to get a hold of health services for themselves. For families that have money, it’s easy. For others, it’s a continual struggle towards personal betterment and an uphill struggle at that.