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Edit: Student Fatalities Provide Lesson

The Idaho Argonaut Editorial Board says there's a lesson to be learned in the tragic accident that killed two students and sent four others to the Gritman Medical Center Saturday morning: “Under no circumstances is driving drunk a choice any person should make. Although it’s a message most of us have heard since kindergarten, we tend to belittle its importance. As college students we have the mentality that we are forever young and indestructible, and something as horrible as dying in a drunk driving accident could never happen. It’s unfortunate that it takes the death of one or two of our peers for the reality of drunk driving sink in. College culture exposes students to new freedoms, including the freedom to drink alcohol. But with this newfound freedom comes responsibility — responsibility to make decisions protecting your own safety and the safety of people around you”/UIdaho Argonaut Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Have you lost a family member or a friend as a result of a drunken driving accident?

Idaho Students Outperform Peers

On average, Idaho students scored a 1601 on the SAT. That’s well above the national average score of 1509 and above students in most of Idaho’s surrounding states, the State Department of Education said Wednesday. For example, students in Washington State scored an average 1564, and Oregon students scored an average 1546, according to the 2010 SAT results. The SAT is a college readiness exam that students take when applying for undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States/John Miller, Associated Press. More here.

Question: But I thought that Idaho had a back-woods education system when compared to Washington and Oregon? What’s up?

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