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Monday, February 10, 2014

Whackademia Quote: A Nation of Idiots

     Several Charlottesville, Virginia-area schools have filed official public reports that appear to falsify students' scores. The reports claim that from 2011 to 2013, 80 percent or more of their third-graders passed the Virginia Standards of Learning (SoLs) for historical knowledge. But even graduates of America's top colleges and universities do not possess the historical knowledge that these schools are reporting four-fifths of its 8-and 9-year-olds have….

     Recent surveys demonstrate that the vast majority of American adults, and even college graduates, could not pass the Virginia SoLs for third-graders:

     Nearly half of college graduates don't know that the Constitution establishes a separation of powers among the branches of the federal government.
     Less than one in five college graduates can correctly identify the functional differences between the free market and a government-controlled economy.
     More than half of high school students believe America fought on the same side as one or more of the Axis powers in World War II.
     Fewer that one in five adults can identify two rights stated in the Declaration of Independence.

     The United States' elected U.S. politicians (at all levels) are shown to be even less knowledgeable about history and civics than the general public:

     Nearly three in 10 cannot name one right or freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment.
     Nearly 80 percent don't know that the First Amendment expressly prohibits the federal government from establishing an official religion.
     More than half are unaware that the Constitution gives only Congress the power to declare war.
     Less than one-third can correctly describe the free-market system. [This explains a lot.]…

John Ryan, "Virginia Schools: 3rd-Graders Know More History Than College Grads," The Daily Caller, February 8, 2014

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