Texas Goes Its Own Way — To Mediocrity

Twenty-seven states have already adopted the standards for education developed by the nation’s governors. Twelve more are expected to join. Texas refused to participate.

Texas ranks #51 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in percentage of population with a high school diploma. And who knows what a high school diploma in Texas is even worth? But, by golly, we will not let anyone push us around by telling us we can do better.


  • Lee

    Another example of Rick Perry’s “leadership”.
    As we say often in Texas, “Thank God for Mississippi”!

  • What we need to do to fix this is take more money from HPISD and spread it all around. Yeah that will do it!

  • Daniel

    And by “mediocrity,” Wick means “execrable failure.”

    And yes, Max, my heart bleeds for the students of HP. They’re being robbed of half a chance in this life!

  • Justin

    If we would have adopted nationwide standards our spiffy new text books with their tales of Adam and Eve frolicking with the dinosaurs and Jesus fighting off the Mexicans at the Alamo would be for naught.

  • In North Texas, a HS diploma is worth about 8k:

    But I think the fact that Texas has so many people moving IN distorts the obvious conclusion that the percentage of the population without a HS diploma here is due to them being not-educated here.

  • PeterK

    does this mean that Californians will stop emigrating to Texas?

  • Biff

    Daniel. It’s not that people in places like HP are against helping those in need, “the greater good.” Or that they don’t want to see improvements in education everywhere. In fact, it’s these citizens who are the biggest givers and the reason many helpful programs exist in the first place. People have just lost confidence in the way their hard-earned money historically has been so grossly mismanaged/misapproprated once given by those who cry they need more money to improve education. And the results?

  • UC

    DISD spends more per student than HPISD. Throwing more money at the problem isn’t going to solve it.

  • Dallas_CHL

    Care to dig into the numbers and tell us why, libtard?

    Hispanic Population Age 25 Years and over 4,781,798

    With High School Diploma or More 2,737,027


  • CV Gilkeson

    Stats in Texas are hugely affected by Hispanic cultural norms that do not place a high value on education. Period, end of story.

  • Travis Rex

    All it takes is a look at the State Board of Education to see why Texas schools are sub-par.


    We let morons like Cynthia Dunbar have a say and this is what we get at a public meeting.


  • Sammy

    CV is correct. Until we can instill a desire for education as a cultural norm, the Hispanic population in Texas will continue to drag down the statistics.

    I was involved in a campaign to encourage Hispanic parents to ALLOW their children to go to college – not to ENCOURAGE them, but to LET THEM GO! The kids wanted to go but the parents were against it. Crazy.

  • George

    I guess that explains how Rick Perry keeps getting reelected.

  • Hannah

    Well, someone is electing Perry. It is obviously the under-educated.

  • Forget trying to change the culture of entire populations. What we need in this state and in the country for that matter are more choices in education, a viable vocational school system for example. In Switzerland and Germany kids face a choice at around age 16. Either continue on a college/university track, or get a four year vocational degree and work experience that is equal to or even more valuable than the college degree.