America's most educated states

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Posted: 8/6/2012 12:15:49 PM
if the south had been allowed to secede from the union, would it be more or less educated and productive than somalia?
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Posted: 8/6/2012 12:55:33 PM
South Dakota #10.  I am honestly surprised that we were not higher.  It takes a college degree to work at the Boys and Girls Club in the town I live in now.  I have two undergraduate degrees, a masters and a law degree.  My wife has two undergraduate degrees and a masters.  Yes we are little above average but in this college town not by that much.
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Posted: 8/6/2012 1:07:15 PM
"I hope Neil Young will remember...
A southern man don't need him around anyhow."
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Posted: 8/6/2012 1:15:55 PM
#5 New Hampshire


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Posted: 8/6/2012 1:45:09 PM

 46... Kentucky

what a bunch of dumb rednecks

good thing i graduated in Ohio

thing is.. who would you want to be around when the apocalypse comes? a bunch of fishing/hunting roughnecks or a bunch of pencil-pushers?

I can skin a buck, i can run a trot line

and a cuntry boy can survive

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Posted: 8/6/2012 2:00:42 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by jmilrod:

 46... Kentucky

what a bunch of dumb rednecks

good thing i graduated in Ohio

thing is.. who would you want to be around when the apocalypse comes? a bunch of fishing/hunting roughnecks or a bunch of pencil-pushers?

I can skin a buck, i can run a trot line

and a cuntry boy can survive


Is it a geographical thing? I know Cincinnati is right across the border from Hebron, KY. Do you feel dumber when crossing the border into KY? 
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Posted: 8/6/2012 2:09:18 PM

The reason Ky is so low on that list, I would imagine,

is because much of the state is extremely rural and these areas have limited schooling

most kids in these areas learn how to make moonshine and cook meth and play the banjo, as opposed to textbook instruction

If you were to only look at Louisville and Lexington the numbers would look much better.

I don't feel dumber living in Ky, but I don't consider myself dumb either

I will say this:

for some reason ( i think its the drugs) people in KY are much happier and friendlier than Ohio.

for the most part, us people from Ohio are a bunch of pricks

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Posted: 8/6/2012 2:19:15 PM
NJ just missed the top half at #26.  I guess it doesn't help that we got Camden, JC, Paterson, Irvington, Trenton, The Oranges, and Newark.
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Posted: 8/6/2012 2:24:13 PM
texas @ 50??? 
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Posted: 8/6/2012 3:02:50 PM
This is just dropout rates. It has nothing to do with the most educated states. How many states do you have in the lower 20 that have a higher percentage of bachelor and advanced degrees then those in the top 10?
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Posted: 8/6/2012 3:08:18 PM

So the guy who made a thread about the least educated states, FAILED??

Cover's classic

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Posted: 8/6/2012 3:42:58 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by esplanade:

So the guy who made a thread about the least educated states, FAILED??

Cover's classic



yeah, i bet a lot a lot of the people who couldn't graduate high school went directly to college and got their advanced degrees. 
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Posted: 8/6/2012 3:57:36 PM
Montana #4.

27.1% of the people have undergrad degrees.....including myself. Funny, because the most successful people I know did not waste time going to college, they were too busy working for a better future.

I am skeptical of the value of formal education...unless you are going to be a teacher, or unless the education is specialized.  Otherwise, a good work ethic and an economy that is abundant with opportunities are the inputs necessary for success.

Education just for education's sake is for the birds.
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Posted: 8/6/2012 4:10:23 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by bigvern1013:

Montana #4.

27.1% of the people have undergrad degrees.....including myself. Funny, because the most successful people I know did not waste time going to college, they were too busy working for a better future.

I am skeptical of the value of formal education...unless you are going to be a teacher, or unless the education is specialized.  Otherwise, a good work ethic and an economy that is abundant with opportunities are the inputs necessary for success.

Education just for education's sake is for the birds.


this is true.  not saying an advanced degree is worthless but at today's prices, it certainly isn't the good investment many people assume it is.

a high school degree seems like a good idea for most people though. 
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Posted: 8/6/2012 4:15:33 PM
A high school diploma and common sense can you get you to very good places.
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Posted: 8/6/2012 4:53:35 PM
I'm not saying there is anything wrong with just having a high school education, but when you try to use a simplistic way to compare the south to having the education and production of Somalia it has failure written all over it. Especially considering the two biggest economies in this country are at the bottom of the list with California being in the top 10 in the world.
As far as advanced degrees being a bad investment I could half way agree with you, but I sure in the hell don't want a nuclear engineer with just a high school diploma.
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Posted: 8/6/2012 4:57:21 PM
the somalia comment was a joke (sort of).  i don't like to go too many days on here without friggin with people from the south.  it just isn't right. 
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Posted: 8/6/2012 5:36:13 PM

The numbers are questionable given the fact that many of these Southern States have an Agricultural driven economy.  Therefore, teens choosing work over a High School diploma is not shocking and I think this study unfairly bashes Dixie.  JMHO.
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Posted: 8/6/2012 5:44:04 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by ClubDirt:

the somalia comment was a joke (sort of).  i don't like to go too many days on here without friggin with people from the south.  it just isn't right. 

You know me. This southern boy isn't going to take it serious.


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Posted: 8/6/2012 9:21:28 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by ClubDirt:



yeah, i bet a lot a lot of the people who couldn't graduate high school went directly to college and got their advanced degrees. 


But not being able to graduate highschool gets right on track for a fake MBA
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Posted: 8/6/2012 9:22:12 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by canovsp:


Is it a geographical thing? I know Cincinnati is right across the border from Hebron, KY. Do you feel dumber when crossing the border into KY? 


I actually feel smart by comparison... its like the girl that seems hot because she surrounds her self with grenades
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Posted: 8/7/2012 2:32:47 AM
Texas...what a shame
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Posted: 8/7/2012 2:36:07 AM
The south in general is pretty bad.
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Posted: 8/7/2012 8:22:35 AM
Great points by both bill and goose.
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Posted: 8/7/2012 9:24:12 AM
Of course there are many examples of people succeeding without a high school education or higher education.

But is that more common than the person without that education who is working in a dead end job for minimal pay and just barely getting by with little hope of moving "up the ladder"?




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