Gut Rumbles

November 16, 2004

smart state/dumb state

Here's a nice display of education state rankings, which says that Massachusetts is the smartest state in the union and New Mexico is the dumbest. It's an interesting list, but I'm not sure it says very much.

States were graded on a variety of factors based on how they compare to the national average. These included such positive attributes as per-pupil expenditures, public high school graduation rates, average class size, student reading and math proficiency, and pupil-teacher ratios.

Other than factoring in student reading and math proficiency, this "finding" seems more a rating of how well-entrenched the educational bureaucracy is rather than a reflection of actual educational performance. The asumption seems to be that if a state throws a lot of money at education, hires lots of teachers and graduates a lot of students, then the state is "smart." Sounds like bullshit to me.

But that's just MY humble opinion, Maybe I'm just jealous because Georgia ranked #38.


Well, my state came in at 11, so I'm not too sad.

Anywho, I just want to say I love you're blog, a lot of good points and a lot of good laughs. Just gotta say this though, not all New Englanders are left wing.

Posted by: Krasny on November 16, 2004 01:09 PM

Where is Mike and red state , blue state rant. Oh oregon, not exactly number one,, hmmm. strange I would think the whitest state in the nation would be higher,

Posted by: James Old Guy on November 16, 2004 01:30 PM

> Sounds like bullshit to me.


I've lived in Masaschusetts for 25 of the last 27 years and some of the dumbest people I've met are from here.

Never confuse education with intelligence.

Posted by: Rich on November 16, 2004 02:03 PM


Bingo. I've lived in MA for 33 years now. Folks here might be book smart, but they don't have the common sense that G-d gave GRAVEL...

Posted by: Jay G on November 16, 2004 02:28 PM

The governing classes routinely confuse sophistication with intelligence.

Posted by: Brett on November 16, 2004 04:35 PM

Damn! The SEC usually has a lot more teams in the top 20 than that. I think they got it bass ackwards. Oh... that's not a football poll? Nevermind.

Posted by: Fightintiger on November 16, 2004 06:56 PM
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