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Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by missmyfeijoas, Jan 25, 2011.
Speaks for itself really
That's just what it doesn't do.
In fact, unlike other compilers of unsurprising league tables, the Legatum people are very frank about the potential shortcomings of their assumptions and methodology, the need to put even deeper context on their findings, and the fact that subjective reseponses by citizens may be strongly 'culturally determined' - and posters on their site have offered many additional pertinent criticisms.
At their worst, league tablers of this sort begin with a model or a set of 'indicators' of a 'jolly decent' society - Finland, say, or Canada or NZ - and then they gather lorryloads of data to see which country most nearly ticks all those boxes.. and then, presto! it turns out that Canada comes top of the league for being demonstrably more like Canada than any other country on earth.
It may be true in some vague broad-brush sense that by and large NZ is a nicer place than the UK, which is nicer than Paraguay, which is nicer than Zimbabwe. A revelation as stunning as discovering that Chelsea are better than Bolton, who are better than Bristol City, who are better than Nempnett Thrubwell FC.
But congratulations to NZ anyway, lest it be thought that I am munching sour grapes as well as being more than usually boring.