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Cooperation needed to close social divide for better world

By Ira Zunin

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 28, 2013

~~<p>Socioeconomic inequality is among the greatest ills of modern society. Disparities in health, education and crime share a common root. Our collective ability to close this great divide is a prerequisite to peace on earth. We must re-imagine our role in society as co-producers of a better world, not simply as competitors for personal gain.</p>
<p>Among the 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, the United States recently ranked 26th in math, dropped to 21st in science and 17th in reading. In contrast, according to most ranking agencies, the majority of the world's top-ranked universities are American. The problem, said a Finnish educator who recently lectured in Hawaii, is that although the United States is home to outstanding innovation and excellence in education, these treasures are not uniformly accessible.</p>
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Socioeconomic inequality is among the greatest ills of modern society. Disparities in health, education and crime share a common root. Our collective ability to close this great divide is a prerequisite to peace on earth. We must re-imagine our role in society as co-producers of a better world, not simply as competitors for personal gain.

Among the 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, the United States recently ranked 26th in math, dropped to 21st in science and 17th in reading. In contrast, according to most ranking agencies, the majority of the world's top-ranked universities are American. The problem, said a Finnish educator who recently lectured in Hawaii, is that although the United States is home to outstanding innovation and excellence in education, these treasures are not uniformly accessible. Login for more...



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