According to a report by the World Economic Forum, the US now ranks sixth in the world in a study “measuring the impact of technology on the development of nations”, down from number one.
Denmark and Sweden are first and second.
Countries were judged on the integration of technology in business, the infrastructure available, government policy favourable for fostering a culture of innovation and progress and leadership in promoting the usage of the latest information technology tools.
The Networked Readiness Index, the sixth of its kind published by the World Economic Forum with Insead, the Paris-based business school, scrutinised progress in 122 economies worldwide.
The report did say that the US has “one of the world’s best tertiary [post-high school] education systems”.
Nevertheless, you can almost hear the politicians and others warming up their it’s-the-schools-fault speeches.