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A passing thought:

Why did they spend so much effort teaching us about the fifty American state capitals? Wouldn't that time have been better spent teaching us about the fifty largest American cities? Is this quirk a result of the fact that our schools are run by the government?

(Where "us" means "us Americans".  Sorry, international folken.)

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chiave_trust
Mar. 20th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
Could be an attempt at an odd measure of equality. Think about it; are the 50 largest cities in the US all across teh country? Some would be in one state, some states would be skipped over entirely, and so on.

Just a thought.
opt513
Mar. 21st, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
Equality is all well and good, but the fact is that most states just aren't all that important. *cough* Off the top of my head, I can't think of a single US city not on the Atlantic or Pacific, the Mississippi River, or one of the Great Lakes that is really worth studying.

Actually, even then, all the ones that aren't Seattle are kind of pushing it.
vorkon
Mar. 21st, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
*thinks*

How about Vegas?
opt513
Mar. 21st, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hm... Point. I'll grant that one an exception, but it's still no Seattle.
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