That was the title of the article, a misnomer if there ever was one. The article should be titled "Towns where parents care about education". one passage: Although the highest-ranked schools are scattered throughout the country, sitting atop the coveted list is Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia. The school garnered the title due to its best-in-state performance in English and math assessments, 100 percent graduation rate and its top ranking in college readiness, U.S. News revealed. Although Virginia lays claim to the number one spot, roughly 63 percent of high schools in the San Jose, California metro area reside in the top 25 percent of the national rankings. Meanwhile, half of the public high schools in Massachusetts also sit within the top 25 percent of the national rankings, the outlet revealed. However, the top 100 schools on the list span across 29 states, according to the report. When I lived in little Marble Hill, MO I was amazed at the disdain for education that many of the adults there carried. A carpenter that I occasionally hired couldn't read or write. He told me one day that his son didn't need to be able to either. "I'm doing just fine without that nonsense, he will too." I knew quite a few of the teachers. They were very good at what they did and cared immensely about the kids. But if most parents don't give ****, they'll never succeed and the school's ranking will suffer tremendously. In many cases it's not the schools, it's the home environment.