Our Liberal friends, and I use that term loosely, have insisted that theirs is the way to true justice and enlightenment. With labor unions running amok, massive spending, and government controlled everything, surely the blue states do better, say, in education? Well, if the latest results hold up, the answer would have to be, “not so much.” Walter Russel Mead of The American Interest has the details.
Three of the nation’s ten best public high schools are in Texas — the no-income tax, right-to-work state that blue model defenders like to characterize as America at its worst. Florida, another no-income tax, right-to-work state long misgoverned by the evil and rapacious Bush dynasty, has two of the top ten schools.
Newsweek isn’t alone with these shocking results. Another top public school list, compiled by the Washington Post, was issued in May. Texas and Florida rank number one and number two on that list’s top ten as well.
There’s something else interesting about the two lists: on both lists only one of the top ten public schools was located in a blue state. (Definition alert: on this blog, a blue state is one that voted for John Kerry in 2004; red states cast their electoral votes for Bush.)
There were no top ten schools on either list from blue New England states like Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. Nor were there any in the top 25. By contrast, Alabama made both the Newsweek and the Washington Post top ten. Only two public schools from these states made the Washpost top fifty list; zero made it into Newsweek‘s elite. 150 years after the Civil War, South Carolina is kicking New England’s rear end when it comes to producing great public schools.
So massive spending and strong teachers unions produce great schools? Apparently not, and that both Newsweek and the WaPo found, and PUBLISHED this information seems all the more amazing. So, when you hear the tired, old arguments that spending $15,000 a per child on education and having unionized teachers that take a century to fire after they have sex with their children are absolutely vital to education, point them to this information. Don’t expect them to admit that reality has again defeated them, but the reaction ought to be at least amusing.
It’s always fun to watch liberals try to explain away reality.