Cognitive ability at a young age has a ”strong impact” on whether sickness stops people from working several decades later, the researchers said.
In the 1946 group, 47 per cent of those who were on long-term sick leave had been in the bottom quarter of childhood ability, compared to 13 per cent who were in the highest category.
[Researchers] claimed that strategies to reduce long-term sick leave should involve education.
”Our findings suggest that health is only one factor in understanding long-term sickness absence.
“We suggest that education should form part of the policy response to long-term sickness absence: for future generations, equipping children with skills necessary for labour market flexibility may inoculate them from the risk of long-term sickness absence,” they wrote.
What’s school got to do with it? Slow thinkers are not going to grow up to have great jobs, no matter how much education they get. It’s not their fault; they’re stupid, but of course they’re likely to hate their jobs – few people enjoy dead-end work and low pay – and it’s to be expected that they’ll take as much time off work as they can, especially if someone pays them regardless. You want to cut sick days and long-term disability? End paid sick leave, end disability, and watch those people return. They won’t like it and I don’t blame them, but hey – life’s tough. Don’t be born stupid, is my suggestion.
But more education won’t change a thing.