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    I agree. However I have to submit that there must be a corolary between illegal immigration and the burdon it puts on schools affected and graduation rates.

    Here is a wonderful graph that has been around since '90 showing the '90 through '09 graduation rates.

    http://www.higheredinfo.org/dbrowser/index.ph...

    Why is it do you suppose that the rates get exponentially higher the further from the Mexican border you look?

    Is there another factor?
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    @CanisCanemEdit

    Do you realize those stats looked like that before the huge influx of immigration? must be some other explanation....
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    @CanisCanemEdit

    Ofcourse you need to blame immgrants, most who come to america looking for a better life such as better jobs and education. Many immgrants illegal or not do way better in school than "so called american childern who ancestors were also immgrants"

    SAD! Why don't you try to find another reason why Americas public school system is so bad in the south compared to the north?
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    @woodtick57 - I'm listening. What other idea covers that southern demographic in the area of High School Graduation all along the Mexican border?
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    @StupidlyKrazi - Why don't you give another idea as to why the American public school system is so bad along the Mexican border from California to Louisianna?

    Oddly enough, those are all the primary states that have the biggest illegal immigration problems.
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    As an Iowa native I am not surprised at the high graduation rates. Ever between to Iowa? Other than school there's really not much going on there.:-)
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    I think you are correct. I have never been there but I am not sure why anyone would either. It's seems boring. Does Iowa have anything worth looking at?
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    iowa to be congratulated. They left out low 5% unemployment figure - education pays off. But Iowa has a big head start on other states that is not mentioned. Iowa has a 91% white population with small but growing Hispanic population (English as a second language diverts resources in border states)
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    Conservative values? You mean the values which cut education funding? Or the keen science ones that claim the Earth is only 6000 years old? For sure it isn't the spelling ability, I've seen the tea party signs. Isn't the math ability either, that's a fact.. so WHAT conservative values would that be?
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    BTW if it's "CONSERVATIVE VALUES", what's the excuse for Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, etc, etc, etc??? Too many liberals?
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    "American patterns of settlement in the 19th century saw the midwestern region disproportionately populated by Scandinavians, which may account for the area's relatively impressive educational stats"...
    Ja, produzieren gute Aryans ubermensch!
    Oh please....
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    There is no reason to believe that a writer named Dain is not totally unbiased and objective about the supposition that Scandinavian Americans are smarter and more focused on education than other Americans. Just because I have worked with people who grew up in Iowa who unabashedly stated that people from Iowa are stronger, smarter and better looking than most everybody else in the US, does not mean that it is a common sentiment in that state, either.
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    You must first determine what accounts for the high performance of the state before you can determine which good educational policies should be copied. Even Politix didn't make the mistake of attributing Iowa's graduation rate to school performance (they attribute it to race). Iowa officials note that, even with their stellar performance, the minority race performances are not up to par with other states. Ignoring the racial dark side, one thing that correlates with school performance, is the economic status of the family. Teacher/student ratio and cost per student does not correlate with school performance.
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    Being an Iowan, educated in the Iowa school system, I can tell you EXACTLY what it is. Non partisan commitment to the students, excellent teachers and a zero tolerance for bullying. The kids have an environment to actually LEARN, & are not pressured by outside influences. Give a kid the right environment, you'll create an honor roll student.
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    Not sure about Iowas reasons for success, but as always more info is needed. For example, I graduated in 1989 in SC, minimum grade for passing was 70 out of 100, my son is in twelfth grade this year in WV, minimum grade for passing is 65 out of 100.
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    less "diversity" and "ghetto culture", less liberals, less morons, less drug addicts and abusers, pretty much less of all we stand for here in CA and is taking us under.
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    Are you claiming it was conservatives that led Iowa to go to Obama? They have better schooling because they pay for it.
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    no, i was stating that California in general sucks, our schools are destroyed and it is mainly due to our embrace of thug, ghetto culture which you dont have.
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    Not that I'm discounting the success that Iowa seems to have had with there graduation rates but I'd be curious to see how difficult the curriculum is and how it matches up to other states.
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    The guy who posted this up is clearly biased because what the HELL does any childs ancestory have to do with how well they do in school. Iowa being first in the nation in gradiation rates is only because of the teachers, students, and parents not because they "probably" have a northern european background. Smh people these days with their need to make themself feel better.
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    Only because they are lazy and don't really care for education as long as they have their ipods/iphones and laptop computers they don't have a care in the world.
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    @StupidlyKrazi I disagree, the countries that are kicking our butts, have all the devices our kids have. They teach their kids different. They don't shove political agendas like we do here. I believe some of these countries just teach the kids math for the first years of their development. Math is the universal language.

    We have to start looking at unpopular politically incorrect subjects like, the epidemic of learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. Look at these countries with gifted children, Funny how their immunizations are optional, and a lot of parents wait until their kid's brains get through the delicate period of development. Meanwhile, here we lobotomize our kids as soon as they're born. You can't EVEN LOOK INTO THAT THESES IN THIS COUNTRY.
    Any dissension from the academic mafia is instantly squashed. The kids that are gifted are pigeon holed into the boring mainstream , failed public school classes. Why is it home schooled kids doing better than their public school peers? Our educational oligarchy needs to fall. Our fiscal cliff could be hope. Maybe then, we can revamp the whole system.
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    I don't know but I sure wish Ohio would improve. 69% of the people without a high school diploma voted for Obama, we really have problems!
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    Which accounts for a whopping 3% of the electorate... and includes students still in high school... what a useless statistic.
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    Of what I saw of Iowa, there was no where to hide (it was so flat). So, playing hooky from school was almost impossible since from 1/2 a mile you can tell if a flipped quarter is heads/tails!!
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