It’s The Schools, Stupid

I hadn’t planned to blog today. I’ve posted a lot of stuff here lately and apparently it wasn’t very good. But then a few of my friends posted some really bizarre stuff online and I felt the need to answer. More of the “we’re screwed without God” stuff. They apparently believe that “GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL” and all will be well if we just have faith. And Trump is still President. And January 6th was a false flag operation. And Covid-19 was a hoax. And vaccines will make you have 3-eyed babies. What a steaming pile. I had to vent so my head didn’t explode. I mean, I’m not surprised that they post this stuff. People who believe in magical spirits and miracles will believe just about anything (unless of course it makes sense). It was just the amount of it in one day that I found disturbing. Maybe they were feeling all churchey since it’s Sunday (or it was when I started this little project).

Anyway I did a little research Googling around and cobbled this table (below) together. From what I can see, it’s as most of us already knew / suspected. God doesn’t have anything positive to offer for society’s ills. You can however make a case for religion being at the root of many of our troubles. I say this because the deeply religious quite often ignore or even avoid real knowledge in favor of all that godly bullshit in their Bible. It’s about education (or the lack thereof). The evangelicals constantly harp on how we need God back in our schools. No, we don’t. We need to keep religion as far from our public schools as is humanly possible. Religious faith is rooted in ignorance. A populace with a quality secular education is the blood enemy of all religion.

Anyway, make what you will of the data. Word Press doesn’t support javascript so I can’t make it sortable. I may put a copy of it up elsewhere so it can be sorted by clicking the column headers. Note that higher rates of graduating HS generally lead to lower poverty rates and lower crime rates. Not always but usually. And for the most part, the least educated states tend to be the most religious. That’s not a coincidence.

Also note that the biggest statistical anomaly is the District of Columbia. This is because the city is mostly a ghetto. It does have its nicer areas but these are mostly inhabited by lawyers, lobbyists, politicians and other forms of human debris. DC has a terrible school system in spite of every effort to fix it. So yeah there are a lot of college grads in DC. But a disproportionate number of them are not from DC. They’re outsiders who live and/or work there within the American political machine.

Sources at the end of the table.

State Finished HS Bachelor’s
Degree
Advanced
Degree
Poverty Rank % Of Population Very Religious Violent Crime Per Capita
Alabama 82 22 8 16.7 77 453.6
Alaska 91 27 9 10.7 45 837.8
Arizona 84 26 9 15.1 53 484.8
Arkansas 82 19 6 17 70 671.9
California 81 30 11 13.4 49 442
Colorado 89 36 13 10.3 47 423.1
Connecticut 89 36 16 9.9 43 181.6
Delaware 87 29 11 11.8 52 431
District of Columbia 87 49 28 16.2 53 999.8
Florida 85 25 9 14 54 383.6
Georgia 84 28 10 15.1 66 400.1
Hawaii 90 30 10 9.4 47 254.2
Idaho 88 24 8 13.1 51 242.6
Illinois 86 31 12 12.5 51 425.9
Indiana 87 23 8 13.4 54 357.7
Iowa 91 25 7 11.5 55 303.5
Kansas 90 30 10 12 55 425
Kentucky 82 21 9 17.3 63 259.1
Louisiana 82 21 7 19.2 71 639.4
Maine 90 27 10 11.8 34 108.6
Maryland 89 37 16 9.2 54 399.9
Massachusetts 89 38 16 10.3 33 308.8
Michigan 88 25 9 14.4 53 478
Minnesota 92 32 10 9.7 49 277.5
Mississippi 80 20 7 20.3 77 291.2
Missouri 87 25 10 13.7 60 542.7
Montana 91 27 8 13.1 48 469.8
Nebraska 90 27 9 11.1 54 334.1
Nevada 84 22 8 13.1 49 460.3
New Hampshire 91 32 11 7.6 33 146.4
New Jersey 87 35 13 10 55 195.4
New Mexico 83 25 10 19.1 57 778.3
New York 85 32 14 14.1 46 363.8
North Carolina 84 27 9 14.7 65 419.3
North Dakota 90 26 7 10.7 53 329
Ohio 88 24 9 14 58 308.8
Oklahoma 86 23 7 15.7 66 458.6
Oregon 89 29 10 13.2 48 291.9
Pennsylvania 88 26 10 12.4 53 389.5
Rhode Island 85 31 12 12.4 49 230.8
South Carolina 84 24 8 15.2 70 530.7
South Dakota 90 25 7 13.1 59 501.4
Tennessee 83 23 8 15.2 73 672.7
Texas 80 26 9 14.7 64 446.5
Utah 90 29 9 9.8 64 260.7
Vermont 91 33 13 10.9 34 173.4
Virginia 87 34 14 10.6 61 208.7
Washington 90 31 11 10.8 45 293.7
West Virginia 83 17 7 17.6 69 355.9
Wisconsin 90 26 8 11.3 45 323.4
Wyoming 92 24 8 11 54 234.2

Sources

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