Once again blazing a trail best left unblazed, Texas is one of the nation's top states in terms of how fast it's getting dumber, a study says.
The website 24/7WallSt looked at trends in population growth and the percentage of people with various levels of education, and has ranked Texas as one of the top ten states "running out of smart people."
Apparently "But we just re-elected Rick Perry!!" is not considered an adequate defense.
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A quarter of Texans have a bachelor's degree or better; that's 30th in the nation. But in terms of the percent of Texans holding at least a high school diploma, we've gone from seventh-worst in 2000 to second only to Mississippi now. And Mississippi doesn't even count in these things.
Says the Web site:
Despite significant improvements in test scores both for math and reading, the portion of Texas' adult population with at least a high school education has gotten even worse relative to other states than it was ten years ago. In 2000, the state had the seventh-worst rank in this category, it is now only better than Mississippi. The percentage of Texas' population with a white collar job has decreased more than 3% between 2000 and 2009, the fourth worst performance by any state. Texas also experienced one of the smallest increases in higher education, ranking 45th in bachelor's degrees and 42nd in advanced degrees.
Read more: The Ten States Running Out Of Smart People - 24/7 Wall St. http://247wallst.com/2011/02/07/the-ten-states-running-out-of-smart-people/#ixzz1DgHJqX5z
Topping the list of states suffering from either a brain drain or a watering-down of smarties: Colorado.