Sometimes you see a graph that just makes you want to say, “Excuse me, graph, but why do you hate America?” That’s what you should think when you see the above graph.
This graph shows the relationship between average reading scores for students (the vertical position) and the average pay of teachers (the horizontal position) and compares different countries. The reading score is based on something called the “Programme for International Student Assessment” and the teacher pay is shown as a ratio of teacher salaries to the GDP per capita of the country they are in.
If we were to take this graph seriously–and I assure you that THAT is not going to happen–it would suggest that the United States not only pays teachers a lot less than other civilized countries but also our students are a lot more illiterate than those in other countries. If you were an irrational Godless liberal, you might even think that there could be a causal relationship between these two things.
HOW DARE YOU HATE AMERICA, YOU STUPID GRAPH!
First of all, why should to trust the reading scores coming from people who don’t even know how to spell the word “program”?
Second of all, more spending on teachers means more socialism, which is why Korea is doing so well. You don’t want to give up your liberty for a stupid thing like literacy, do you? I thought not.
Finally, who cares if sissy countries like Finland have kids who can read? I bet we could beat them up. So there.
Clearly, this graph is just one more source of anti-American propaganda and liberal bias!!!!
Graph Data Source: OECD Analysis
Graph Found Via: TheAtlantic.com