... O.E.C.D. has just come out with a fascinating little study mapping the correlation between performance on the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, exam — which every two years tests math, science and reading comprehension skills of 15-year-olds in 65 countries — and the total earnings on natural resources as a percentage of G.D.P. ... In short, how well do your high school kids do on math compared with how much oil you pump or how many diamonds you dig?Conclusion:
... Oil and PISA don’t mix. So hold the oil, and pass the books.That strikes me as an extremely lame correlation. This fellow's criticism hits the nails (including Friedman's agenda) on the head:
... As the cases of Norway and Canada show, the random existence of a given resource under your soil does not in itself determine your country’s future success.
...I think a better correlation might be quality of government versus average education level. ... much oil production comes from countries which have, shall we say, leadership issues.
Here’s a case where someone takes a multivariate problem, and focus on the one variable for which he has an agenda. He doesn’t investigate the role of other variables. And the public? Yet another reason to believe how awful the oil industry is!Or, as a commenter (Nevsky) at the National Post observed:
... Education is important; culture is decisive.