Educational Achivement in the Context of The Five Heartlands of the United States

My friend Mark Safranski asked that I read the “Council of Foreign Relations Independent Task Force Report No. 68: U.S. Education Reform and National Security,” chaired by Joel Klein and Condoleeza Rice, and directed by Julia Levy. Mark’s critical of the report, and I need to compose my thoughts on it. One graphic, however, struck me to comment on it:

Your very first thought reading this should be “We are doing terribly wherever blacks, hispanics, or Scotch-Irish are the dominant ethnic group.”

Here is the same map with the five heartlands of the United States (German, Hispanic, Black, British, and Scotch-Irish) highlighted:

Excepting the 2 non-contiguous states, there are 13 States “below average.” Of these 13, only Michigan, Oklahoma, and Nevada do not have a non-German plurality. Nevada and Oklahoma are contugous with the Hispanic heartland. Michigan goes without saying.

Interestingly, these five heartlands and the obvious ethnic implications of the map are not mentioned in the Council on Foreign Relations report!