When it comes to education, quality matters just as much as quantity, if not more so.Based on an index of educational quality, East Asian countries or economies, including China, led the way. The index is derived from internationally comparable math and science test scores of primary and secondary school students from over 70 countries. The authors, Professor Eric Hanushek of Stanford University and Professor Ludger Woessmann of the University of Munich, showed that a country’s economic growth has more to do with the quality than quantity of schooling. For example, in 2010 Filipinos received, on average, 8.95 years of education. This was more than the 8.11 years received by Chinese, and very close to the 9.13 years received by Singaporeans; but economic development in the Philippines is far behind Singapore and China. These results would not be surprising to anyone who knows that the index of educational quality for Singapore is 5.33, for China it’s 4.94, while it is only 3.65 for the Philippines.