Don’t Know Much About History
USA Today has a new poll out detailing today’s sad state of educational affairs.
Educators have proudly pointed out that while U.S. math and science scores have continued to slide, a record number of students are taking and excelling in college-level advanced placement history and literature courses. The defense is that students are at least performing well in these critical subject.
Yet according to the USA Today poll of 1,200 17-year old students:
- 43% knew the Civil War was fought between 1850 and 1900.
- 52% could identify the theme of 1984.
- 51% knew that the controversy surrounding Sen. Joseph McCarthy focused on communism.
In all, students earned a C in history and an F in literature.
How can fewer than half of graduating seniors not be able to pinpoint a 50-year window in which the Civil War was fought? That is absolutely inexcusable.