Thursday, June 16, 2005

State rankings

Just read a good blog post at Blue Mass. Group. According to an article at CNN, Massachusetts is the "smartest" state.

Here are the top ten:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Connecticut
  3. Vermont
  4. New Jersey
  5. Wisconsin
  6. New York
  7. Minnesota
  8. Iowa
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Montana
The rest is here:

I don't like the title to the article "States Ranked: Smartest to Dumbest", becausze it's, well...obnoxious. Conservatives are declaring that the list has a liberal bias because, apparently, liberals think they're smarter than anybody else.

It's not what the article is trying to say. It has nothing to do with intelligence, the headline was just poorly named. The rankings have to do with public education and the quality of it. The factors are things such as graduation rates, average class size, per-pupil expenditures, etc. I'm happy to see Massachusetts as being so high.

I did most of my public schooling in New Jersey, and, for the most part, had good experiences there. Small class sizes, mostly good teachers, etc. However, for the last two years I attended public school in California and those schools were absolutely terrible. The textbooks were older than I was, the classes were huge, there weren't enough lockers for even half of the student body, and the teachers were lackadasical. And the school I attended was in an upper middle class area, and considered to be one of the best in the state!


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