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Life and love in the nation's dumbest states

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If you don't feel that your college degree is being put to good use in your current city, consider moving to Arkansas, Louisiana, or West Virginia. These states have the least number of college grads and consequently, competition for jobs may be a little less intense for degree holders. But be careful, marriage may not work here.

Arkansas, West Virginia and Louisiana have the lowest percentage of college graduates in the nation. Improving those stats are state government quandaries because poverty, low wage jobs, unskilled labor and overall unhappiness thus far have been the government’s way of shoving Americans into higher ed.

Three in ten working adults in Louisiana have at least an associates or undergraduate degree. Only 28 percent of adults in Louisiana, West Virginia, and Arkansas have higher ed degrees. Arkansas is big on marriage, but it has one of the highest divorce rates in the nation.

In terms of community, these states are miserable. There's not much worse than being surrounded by uneducated people. And dating in those communities are more than miserable. It’s no big secret that when both spouses have higher ed degrees, marriages last longer (US CENSUS).

In terms of employment, however, these three states may be the place to be for degree holders. College grads will have less difficulty finding employment, not to mention a lower cost of living, rent, mortgage, gas, etc, in the nation’s dumbest states. Among married people, Arkansas is constantly cited as one of the best states to raise a family.

Real (accredited) colleges—this does not include Remington or ITT--initially felt online classes and online degrees were the solution to the low percentages of degree holders in the nation.

But online schooling and online learning is not for everyone. Online degrees require strict adherence to deadlines and are largely one dimensional.

College grads who've attended classes, are culturally elevated, socially aware and a lot more sophisticated. Doctors and lawyers, and there are plenty of them in Arkansas and Louisiana), prefer culturally sophisticated coworkers.

Arts and humanities majors who are not incredibly marketable in bustling urban cities, are sought after salesmen and women, as well as customer service agents, in reputable national and international companies.

Like the Obama Administration, Louisiana has goals of increasing its college degree holding population to 42 percent by the year 2025.

It's not clear why the state has such expectations when it high school graduation rate isn't expected to jump at all over the next thirteen years.

The only way the nation can improve its college graduation rates it to keep doing what it's doing now. Outsourcing and assigning low skill jobs to the least educated, and consequently the nation's most miserable.

When humans awaken to the frightful realization that their work is a definite reflection of who they are, they make choices. In Arkansas, I've met a number of employed people walking in the epiphany that jobs and careers are quite different.

Sadly, I've also met people who don't know what it means to have a job they love. These people don't have college experience or college degrees and truthfully, there are a fright to live near and they devalue communities. Flushing them out with poverty has been the government's way of driving populations into colleges and universities.

Once those students are inside, higher ed administrators and educators have a responsibility not to fail them. Not every educator is cut out to embrace the challenge of enlightening and culturally strengthening first generation college students.

But those who are work miracles and transform communities. IOTW they help flush out the nation's dumbest states and improve people's chances at happy lives and happier marriages.

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