Education and Democracy

How does education level affect the type of government countries have?

Here's two handy definitions of democratic and autocratic.

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What was the most surprising thing about this chart?

  3. Where do you think the U.S. would be on this chart?

  4. What is the big story from this chart?

  5. What do you think explains that?

  6. Is this good news?

  7. Are there any counter examples in this chart?

  8. Write two questions of your own about this information:

  9. As education levels rise, what other changes do you imagine happen in their political and social systems?

  10. Considering the rising levels of education worldwide, describe the future of governments:

Learning Extension

Read more about this subject and browse some really cool charts at Max Roser's website.

Action Extension

Mark Zuckerberg just pledged to give away 99% of his $46.1 billion wealth. Send Mr. Zuckerberg a message advising him about the value of investing in raising global educational levels.