Friday, October 22, 2010

Education Nation

Turns out (*shock*) Oklahoma isn't a great place to learn math. Below, blue means "states that do better in 8th grade math".

List of caveats: Yes there's more to education quality than test scores. But this national comparison site is a fantastic first step. And Oklahoma does very slightly better in reading and in elementary school. And yes, I got a great education in Oklahoma, thanks primarily to the existence of OSSM, along with a few wonderful individual teachers and administrators who cared about individual students' circumstances and refused to cater to the lowest common denominator. If every teacher and principal and school counselor was like that, there'd be no problem at all, budget crisis or not.

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