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Brazil: the main gap

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Consultant energy affairs, Self employed

Rafael Herzberg- is an independent energy consultant, self-employed (since 2018) based in São Paulo, Brazil* Focus on C level, VPs and upper managers associated to energy related info, analysis...

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Brazil: the main gap

A difference uniquely characterizes a lack of Brazil in relation to developed countries and even those like South Korea, which have taken a huge leap in per ca-pita income.


All the rest may be important, but essentially education is what makes "the" big difference.

When I was young I was an exchange student in the United States at a public high school. I can say, with certainty, that this school was far above any I've known in Brazil since then.

The level of the school was excellent. Amazing. Challenging classes. Catchy. Teachers who defied students. Activities that far exceeded just lectures. Intriguing discussions. I remember many of them to this day.

In Brazil, education is just a formality. Students pass automatically.

The result is obvious. The Brazilian worker is indolent. He typically doesn't have the will to progress.

In the energy sector, the US power traders I met had a small fraction of the number of employees as compared to traders in Brazil and moved much larger volumes of energy and money!

It is high time for a change!


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