Scotland has the highest class divide worldwide among male students from poor homes and those from wealthy homes, according to a recent report that evaluated students' reading scores. Researchers for the Sutton Trust educational charity found that top students from poor homes in Scotland lagged about 2.5 years behind their more affluent peers in reading -- as did such students in England, which has the second-worst class divide internationally. Students in Finland, Denmark, Germany and Canada, followed with a gap of about 15 months.

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