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  • Our Children Isn't Learning

    June 22, 2011
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    In response to:

    "The Dumbing-Down of America"
    The American ConservativeJune 20, 2011
    • Most fourth-graders can’t identify a picture of Abraham Lincoln or a reason why he was important.
    • Most eighth-graders can’t identify an advantage American forces had in the Revolutionary War.
    • Twelfth-graders don’t know why America entered World War II or that China was North Korea’s ally in the Korean War.
    • Only 2 percent of high school seniors can identify that the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education addressed segregation—and this is on a multiple-choice test, when the answer is right under their noses.
    • Only 12 percent of twelfth graders attained a “proficient” score (not even “advanced”) on the history test administered by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP).

    Is our children learning? No.

    (All statistics here, and much of the phrasing, come from Pat Buchanan’s article linked to the left of this post.)

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