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Philippine Phenomenon

Not long ago I had to write an essay affecting the education system in the information society .

And I wondered: in which country information technologies are most intensively used for educational purposes? The experience of such a country could be transferred to other countries, including Russia.

To answer this question, I decided to use Google Trends . I tried to enter search queries that people can do only for the purpose of self-education, and then I looked at the residents of which country made the most such requests. Of course, this method has its drawbacks, but Google, firstly, equates requests made in different languages, and secondly, it has the largest territorial coverage of all.
Having made dozens of such requests, I received a completely unexpected result. The Philippines has become the absolute and undisputed leader in such requests. Not Finland, not America, not India, but the Philippines - a country that does not demonstrate a particular economic miracle, does not occupy first place in educational ratings, is not particularly rich in IT infrastructure, and does not implement any special educational policy.

Let's look at the statistics on the basis of which conclusions can be drawn about the existence of an educational anomaly.

Here is the distribution of the number of requests by country:

But the distribution by language:

Both territorially and linguistically, the Philippines (and, accordingly, Tagalog) is leading in terms of the number of educational search queries. Yes, English is in the first place in the linguistic distribution, but, firstly, it is the second official language of the Philippines, and secondly, it cannot represent any particular country, due to the large number of English-speaking countries.

Now a little about the methodology and the requests themselves. I tried to make such requests that would meet the following requirements:
Here is a set of search queries that I chose based on these criteria:
An interesting fact: as soon as it comes to specific technologies, the Philippines immediately gives way to the palm of India, South Korea and other countries (as, for example, in the queries of hydrogene and oxidation ). But in requests for the classics of world literature ( william shakespeare and tolstoy ), Filipinos bypass even the inhabitants of those countries that gave the world these classics.

What is the reason? I tried to analyze a variety of parameters that could affect this statistic:
The Philippines does not overtake Russia in any of them, let alone hit at least the top ten.

Maybe the education system of the Philippines is so bad that Filipinos are simply forced to get their knowledge from the Internet? I do not have an answer to this question. Maybe, you know?

Source: https://habr.com/ru/post/103538/

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