Get A Liberal Education, Live A Longer Life

January 3, 2007 at 5:17 pm | Posted in Education | 4 Comments

You want to live a longer life? The answer? Get a liberal education:

The answers, he and others say, have been a surprise. The one social factor that researchers agree is consistently linked to longer lives in every country where it has been studied is education. It is more important than race; it obliterates any effects of income.

Year after year, in study after study, says Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, education “keeps coming up.”

And, health economists say, those factors that are popularly believed to be crucial — money and health insurance, for example, pale in comparison.

Dr. Smith explains: “Giving people more Social Security income, or less for that matter, will not really affect people’s health. It is a good thing to do for other reasons but not for health.”

Health insurance, too, he says, “is vastly overrated in the policy debate.”

Instead, Dr. Smith and others say, what may make the biggest difference is keeping young people in school. A few extra years of school is associated with extra years of life and vastly improved health decades later, in old age.

I knew I chose the right field of work… 🙂


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  1. How does liberalism fit into this? The word isn’t even mentioned once in the article.

  2. Jesse,

    Remember all those debates we had on linkup about higher education and its very liberal bias? My comments are a bit of a jibe at that. 🙂 The article basically implies the more education you get the healthier you will tend to be. Well, the more education you get, the more liberal you also tend to be. I just put two and two together. 🙂

    My comments are really lighthearted, and not meant as a serious point, though. Com’on, have some fun with it. 🙂

  3. Jesse,

    by the way, I just wrote a post on my librarian blog about web stuff. I figure you might be interested in that blog. I talk about my job, and web designing. Take a look if you want.


  4. I thought the liberal insertion was a “joke.” I was going to comment yesterday on it, but got distracted.

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