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Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by ThePlayer, Feb 20, 2021.

  1. ThePlayer

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    Florida has some work to do.
    #23 - Missouri
    #31 - Georgia
    #34 - Kentucky
    #35 - Tennessee
    #38 - Texas
    #42 - Arkansas
    #43 - Louisiana
    #44 - Alabama
    #45 - S Carolina
    #46 - Mississippi

    #41 - FLORIDA
    Average IQ score
    : 98.4
    Average SAT score: 992
    Average ACT score: 20.21
    Percentage of college graduates: 32.2 percent
    Intelligence Index Score: 17.43

    And for the place where it pays to have street smarts, This Is the Most Dangerous State in America.

    This Is the Smartest State in America, According to Data | Best Life (bestlifeonline.com)
     
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  2. dangolegators

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    It's almost like there's a correlation between the smartest states and how they voted in the 2020 election.
     
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  3. gatordavisl

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    98.4 . . . o_O
     
  4. oragator1

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    Many of the sat scores on that site are beyond wrong.
    They have Kentucky averaging over 1200. Umm...yeah...
     
  5. demosthenes

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    Clicked on the link and even WV has a higher average IQ...
     
  6. gatordavisl

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    The SAT might have a new scale from when you and I took it, when 1200 was a pretty darn good score.
     
  7. dangolegators

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    Some of this has to do with which test is in wider use in a given state. States that tend to use the ACT test have higher SAT scores because the top students may be taking both tests.
     
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  8. oragator1

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    Yeah the average scores have gone up, but nationally the average now is still only around 1060. So.....
     
  9. WarDamnGator

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    I wonder if there is a correlation between the top 9 being solid blue states and the fact that blue states tend to support education better than red states.... I bet there is.
     
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  10. docspor

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    I can only speak for #9. I meet a lot of smart people here & they are mostly from out of state. Colorado ranks near the bottom in higher Ed funding. Fact is, Colorado could shut down higher Ed & it would still rank very high. Smart people want to come here.
     
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  11. ThePlayer

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  12. dangolegators

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    That's definitely part of it. Smart people want to move where there are other smart people. It's part of why we as a country have gotten so geographically divided. Our increased mobility means that the smart kids now more easily get the hell out of the podunk towns they were raised in to go to more stimulating places. In the past, people tended to stay where they grew up more.
     
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  13. BossaGator

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    Love my Virginia. I love Florida too but personally wouldn’t want to live there. I made a conscious decision not to return after grad school because it didn’t seem like intelligence and expertise were prioritized at the decision-making level to a degree that I was comfortable with. But I still love my birth state and it has a lot to offer
     
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  14. dangolegators

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    Same here. But Florida is improving in a lot of ways. The big cities are way more sophisticated than they used to be. Tampa/St Pete is where I tend to be when I'm in FL and it has changed so much in the last 20 years.
     
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  15. BossaGator

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    totally agree - Florida is getting better. It just wasn’t in time for me. But I get back at least a few times a year including for some Gator football games - or at least I did before the pandemic - and am always encouraged by what I experience. Growing up in Jax in the 70s and 80s it always seemed like the area was doubling down on stupidity and provincialism but even Jax seems to be improving by leaps & bounds
     
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  16. gatorknights

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    Living in Gville, I see the contrast between dummassery and excellence. Same when I lived in Orlando while watching and participating in it's explosion of growth. Some of my MN HS classmates growing up are dumber that dirt, so it's not a function of location, it's a function of using the brain that we were all born with. A hammer is a tool, but so is the brain. Used efficiently and effectively, great things can happen. If ignored, bad stuff happens.
     
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  17. cluckugator

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    Don’t buy it. Rankings like this from sites I have never heard of are out for clicks / magazine sales.

    Like the school rankings I got accepted to every B school on the list below Harvard (where I got my azz rejected). #1 Stanford rejected me too, but got into all the other 4.

    If US News and World Report can’t measure the quality of 1,000 business school students, this website’s ranking is a complete joke for statewide intelligence.

    Florida man could post a tweet to prove me wrong.

    https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings

    Edit: Harvard Business School is by far the best on the planet if you didn’t follow.
     
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  18. MaceoP

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    I think there is more of a correlation between a states demographics combine Along with with that states education system and their 'smartness'.
     
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    It is a flaw in some conservative anti government thinking. Yes people and businesses want low taxes and limited government. But they also want good schools and an intelligent and qualified work force. There is no need for FL to be that low. TX is too low also but is rising, I think.
     
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  20. cluckugator

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    What do both of those states have in common? English as a second language for a large %.

    Imagine taking the LSAT or SAT in French.
     
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