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November 19th, 2002

The Smartest State

The results of the 2002 Smartest State Survey are now available. Hop on over there and see how your state ranked. Me, I was raised in the fourth most intelligent state, but then went to college (and currently live in) the 37th most intelligent (14th least intelligent?) state.

The results don’t account for homeschooled students (sorry, Chris!) and are based on 21 different public education factors, including high school drop-out rate, average class size, and average salary of public school teachers. Exactly how this determines how “smart” a state is, I’m not sure, as less than half the factors account for student proficiency.

But, hell, whut do I no? I’m in a dum state!

Posted in In the News

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 19, 2002 -- 10:23:17 am
The study is completely bogus. Their #1 factor is spending per student as a positive correlation. Evidence suggests that dollars per student is actually a negative correlation. Homeschooled and private educated kids almost always test better than their public school peers, yet homeschool parents spend maybe $1000 per year on education, the public schools are nearing $10,000 per student. Private schools vary a lot I think. I know that catholic schools typically spend less than $5000 per student.

The rest of the factors aren't any better.

FROM: Mike [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 19, 2002 -- 10:48:29 am
Reared in the 15th, live in the 30th...guess I'm getting dumber.

Next stop: #45 - Hawaii.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 19, 2002 -- 10:52:30 pm
Damn. If my family hadn't left Kansas three months after I was born I might be a smarter man.

Oh well, who cares?

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