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The Dumbing-Down of America

June 21, 2011
Patrick J. Buchanan
6/21/2011

“Is our children learning?” as George W. Bush so famously asked.

Well, no, they is not learning, especially the history of their country, the school subject at which America’s young perform at their worst.

On history tests given to 31,000 pupils by the National Assessment of Education Progress, the “Nation’s Report Card,” most fourth-graders could not identify a picture of Abraham Lincoln or a reason why he was important.

Most eighth-graders could not identify an advantage American forces had in the Revolutionary War. Twelfth-graders did not know why America entered World War II or that China was North Korea’s ally in the Korean War.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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