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Thursday, February 24, 2005
 

Conformism and credulity amongst American high schoolers?


A useful compendium of statistics comparing the educational performance of the G8 countries includes a table (p56a) showing the
Percentage of 14-year-olds who report trust in the national government...
from surveys done in 1999.

The percentage
who “always” or “most of the time” trust the national government
are

England - 44
Germany - 44
Italy - 50
Russia - 29
US - 65

I'd say the number for England looks horribly high (but then Tony Blair was still in his interminable honeymoon at the time). But the US number cries out for explanation.


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