Arizona (but mostly Phoenix) has dumb school children.

That’s at least according to the most recent annual Education State Rankings survey by Morgan Quitno Press. Twenty-one different factors, which included attendance and math and reading skills, among others, were used to decide the 2005-06 rankings. Arizona came in dead last, with an emphasis on Phoenix. This outraged me due to the fact that I went to one of the best high schools in the entire country, which in 2004 had the highest amount of graduates it ever had in one school year. Those facts right there alone show me that the school children here aren’t really dumb at all. They’re quite smart actually; they just don’t care about getting an education. So in my opinion, this survey is very misleading, and Morgan Quitno Press should re-think their criteria. Being called “dumb” is just plain offensive to Arizona’s children.

1 Comment so far

  1. Ric Brown (unregistered) on November 8th, 2005 @ 4:40 pm

    I am also a graduate of the Phoenix public school system, and ASU. I have traveled extensively and find the Phoenix and Arizona populace as intelligent as any group anywhere. Generalizations like the ones noted in the article by Morgan Quitno Press survey are meaningless. The social, cultural, and economic mix resulting from the huge influx of people moving to Arizona and Phoenix make this survey just plain dumb. Not the people.

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