Originally Posted by AlecRaenos
Considering the "blue" states are heavily into high tech and white collar jobs while the red states are more heavily vested in blue collar jobs in agriculture and what not, this is not surprising.
Its not that those states are smarter, its just that those states require higher levels of education for residents to make a living in the high cost of living areas of those states.
With the rating system factoring in "money spent" as some kind of proof for better education the blue states should rate higher because of the higher cost of living....That alone will bias the measurement greatly.
While there are groups that like to pick it apart but the SAT or ACT is one of the better measurements as it is a uniformed test and takes the subjectivity of GPA out of the mix, money spent, class size etc. It will give a fairly clear measure of a persons intelligence. If you are dumb as a bag of hammers it doesn't matter if you sit in a class room that has a 2:1 ratio of students to teachers and it won't matter if someone is spending a million dollars a year on equipment and materials you will still walk out dumb. On the flip side if a child is really intelligent it won't matter how little money is spent they will still come out intelligent.
The only thing this study really measures is ranking states based on the emphasis the state puts on education. Not much more.