Most interesting passage I read today

A startling and profoundly important fact about the US economy has received surprisingly little attention. The educational quality of the country’s workers is starting to decline – not just relatively (because other countries are catching up and moving ahead) but also, for the first time, in absolute terms. Over the coming years, baby-boomers departing from the labour force will have better educational qualifications than the younger workers replacing them. If the ultimate source of an economy’s ability to grow and prosper is its human capital, the US is in trouble…

That’s Clive Crook writing in the FT. He goes on to note that countries like Canada and South Korea have higher proportions of younger workers with college education than does the US. How to explain the US numbers? He runs through some scenarios, and ends up concluding that the primary cause is the declining high school graduation rate.