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Neglect of Civics Undermines Nation (St. Peterburg Times 11 August 2011)

"Yet only 9 percent of American fourth-graders could identify Abraham Lincoln and why he is an important figure. Fewer than a third of the eighth-graders could identify an important advantage the American forces had over the British during the Revolutionary War, and only 2 percent of high school seniors could identify what social issue was addressed in the 1954 landmark desegregation case, Brown vs. Board of Education."

As I have said for years, the Republicans educational initiatives of the past decade have come to fruition. It is a beautiful plan and was well executed. Change the focus of education to basic skills to pass a literacy test while ignoring what is important. As you can see in this article, our educational system has mainly eliminated history, civics, and geography. This makes the voting public ignorant of even the most fundamental facts about our government and how it fits into the world. Knowing this, how in the world can the American voter understand the mathematical complexities of both micro and macro economics. What is the end result of this--the Tea Party!


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