Ronald Kephart (
27 Aug 1996 15:52:19 GMT

In article <4vsc9c$>, (R.J. Baranick)
>>> I live in a small mining town in Pennsylvania.
>>> For the past hundred years, "the best and the brightest"
>>> of each high school graduating class ( some 30-40% )
>>> have left home to seek their fortunes "in the city".
>>> This has happened generation after generation.
>>> What is the probability that the remaining gene pool
>>> will create a future town population of ( I don't know
>>> how to put this delicatly ) "idiots"!!

What makes you assume that the people who leave are "the best and the
brightest"? Maybe these are the very ones that aren't imaginative
enough to figure out how to make a living in their hometown.

More seriously, what makes anyone think that going off to the city and
making a fortune has anything to do with "intelligence", whatever that
is? Most "success", in school and otherwise, is achieved thru learning
how to be an idiot.

In other words, don't worry abaout it.

See Jules Henry's "American Schools: Learning the Nightmare" in the
Columbia University Forum, Spring 1963, pp. 24-30.

Ron Kephart
University of North Florida