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Today’s Students ‘Don’t Know Much About History’

October 24, 2011
William Mattox, Breitbart

More than 50 years after Sam Cooke first sang about his educational deficiencies, many American teens “don’t know much about history.”  Or so their latest test scores suggest.

Only 12 percent of all 12th graders are “proficient” or “advanced” in U.S. History according to the 2010 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP).  And less than half of all high school seniors display even a “basic” knowledge about American History.

The latest NAEP scores for civics are almost as bad:  Less than two-thirds of all seniors show a “basic” understanding of our system of government.  And a 2010 study commissioned by the American Enterprise Institute concluded that “civics, once the cornerstone of public education, has fallen off the radar” as teachers have felt increasing pressure to show progress in other areas.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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  1. October 24, 2011 7:40 am

    As history happens to be one of my favourite school subjects, I cannot help but be concerned at what I read in this post. If a big number of school students don’t know much about history, that is not a very good thing. I can still recall back to eleven years ago where many of my classmates had ‘selective hearing loss’ when our History teacher taught us about World War II and the Holocaust. Did you know who among the kids was attentive to those lessons about World War II? It was me. As for those classmates, well, they are a joke for a bunch of 28-year-olds who cannot even tell you who are the Allies and Axis and worse of all some of them have no clue how many people died in the Holocaust.

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