I found this statistic today (as I was cleaning off my desk at the writing center) in a document we got during convocation. The topic of seatbelts drew my attention just because it drives me crazy when people don’t wear them (especially when people actually argue that there’s no need to “because when it’s your time, it’s your time”!). But it also points to a corelation between education and safety consciousness. Interesting.
Percent who “regularly wear seatbealts while driving”:
Not high school graduate 39%
High school graduate 41%
Some college 51%
Bachelor’s or higher 66%
Okay — it’s not surprising that higher education correlates with less crime, less need for economic assistance, less poverty, as well as with knowing things like the first ten amendments to the constitution, etc. But it’s interesting that safety consciousness would also correlate to it. I mean, it’s not as if you study those kinds of lessons (e.g., “Let’s see how we’re safer if we wear seatbelts.”) in college. You’ll study statistics and surveys and such in psychology, sociology, etc. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll get the “smarts” to take action and apply them to yourself. Still, obviously education somehow brings on greater practical knowledge, too — even though you’d think that that kind of practical knowledge wouldn’t correlate so strongly with higher education. You’d think it would mainly correlate with experience. Or ? Hmmm