That’s according to a survey by the University of York which produced a report “Children’s Words”
England came 13th out of 16 countries surveyed ahead of Nepal, South Korea and Ethiopia. Britain came in the bottom half of the ranking on many issues with body image and school life the main areas for concern. (For which you can probably blame social media, selfies and self-obsession)
The three most positive aspects were family, health, and safety but we didn’t rate higher than eighth on any of the issues which included friendship, personal well-being, and possessions.
The co-author of the survey report, Professor Jonathan Bradshaw, thought it was due to “the balance between the high levels of attainment and the social environment in schools. …with our push to raise our children’s attainments”
Well with all due respect professor we don’t have high levels of attainment do we? We rank in the bottom handful of countries in the OECD on literacy and numeracy. All these A* awards and 1st class honours degrees are just smoke and mirrors caused by grade inflation (at all levels in the education system) used as a marketing ploy to boost league tables and attract students.