We all like to think we have the smartest kid in the class. For some of us that is true, and for some...not so much. I think I made my mother proud by making the "B" honor roll one time, during my senior year. She didn't want that "my kid's an honor roll student" bumper sticker anyway.

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash
Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

I got to thinking, how smart are the kids of Montana, and where do we rank when it comes to  "Best Schools" in the United States? With school a little over a month away, let's see where we stand.

According to Wallethub, we are basically dead in the middle, coming in at 25/51 (well, 25.5 is technically the middle, but again, I was not an honor roll student).

Source: WalletHub

How do they even decide these things? I am not a fan of standardized testing—as we get older, we realize that everyone learns differently. Testing shouldn't just be black and white for everyone.

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Photo by Nguyen Dang Hoang Nhu on Unsplash

I had a kid in my class growing up that is probably a scientist right now but couldn't sew the project final in Home Economics class. And it was basically, set up a sewing machine and stitch one straight line, for real.

Just to list a few of the standards that go into this Wallethub study:

Graduation Rate
Blue Ribbon Schools Per Capita
Drop Out Rate
Math/Reading Scores

The full list of criteria is a lot longer and you can find it HERE. So what do you think, is the study accurate? Are there things we could improve in our schools—or perhaps not waste so much effort on?

cc: Wallethub

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