Who knew the Real Murkins from North Dakota loved book-lurnin’ from librul perfessors so much?
About 52 percent of Massachusetts residents had at least an associate degree in 2012, the highest proportion in the nation. Minnesota comes in second, with New York and North Dakota close behind.
Minnesota and North Dakota are perennial overachievers, Matthews says. “It is by all accounts cultural,” he said. “These communities have traditionally placed a huge value on education, stressed education. And so this has always been the case.” Both states have strong high school graduation rates, high confidence in public schools in the state, and high college-going rates for high school graduates.
Minnesota, North Dakota, and Iowa had the highest proportion of residents saying K-12 education was “excellent” or “good.” North Dakota is pouring money from the natural gas boom into its state higher education system. All three states also have strong economies — they rank in the top 10 nationally on Gallup’s job creation index — and relatively low unemployment rates, factors that lure educated young workers from elsewhere.
I thought wingers considered North Dakota to be paradise. Maybe this doesn’t class with that idea so much anyway. As I’ve said before, I think many observers overstate conservative hostility to education. Yes, there’s some trepidation about evolution etc. and the real crazies want nutty stuff in the history books, but in Georgia — another undeniable part of real America, outside of Athens and Atlanta — Republican David Perdue hasn’t been hurt by his (even to my ears, quite impolitic) comments about one of his opponents being a “high-school graduate”.