And Snark Week continues . . . .
So, WaPo did a 50 state survey last week. Turns out one of the top search for my little homestate is, “Why is Wisconsin so ____” is “stupid”.
Of the 50 states, only one other is searched as “Why is [state] so stupid?” That is South Carolina.
Having traveled round the country, it has been apparent over the years that Wisconsin is generally considered to be a dumb place. I get that all the time. The part I don’t completely understand is why. There is a top University system (note: that is University system, not University), a fairly high rate of high school graduation, strong preschool and 4-K education. Just recently, I was going through some old papers from high school and found my SAT scores. 96 percentile nationally, 93 percentile in the state of Wisconsin.
Then there is the general impression in a lot of other places of people just not really knowing much. I mean, seriously, did you have textbooks, assignments? Ever heard of PBS? Learning as a lifelong endeavor? I’ve walked away from conversations with people in other parts of the country and the only thing I can think is, “Holy Crap.” And, of course, in Wisconsin, we know enough to know that “stupid” is a dirty word and you don’t say it seriously to anyone.
Mostly, I get the impression that education in many parts of the United States in recent decades has come to resemble an indoctrination camp more than a mind-broadening experience. Conversations tend to be around unquestioned dogma and accepted principles that exist with no challenge and no counterpoint. Everybody knows and that’s the way it is and there is no other possibility.
I have to admit, it kinda stings to think that people generally think of my homestate as stupid. Hopefully, it will keep them away and then we won’t have to talk to them.