And, I’m afraid, they Don’t know much biology. Don’t know much about a science book, either. What they DO know is what the right-wing talking heads babble about 24/7. By now you’ve seen the report that American kids do poorly in history. The results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress revealed that “U.S. schoolchildren have made little progress since 2006 in their understanding of key historical themes, including the basic principles of democracy and America’s role in the world.” The report goes on, “12th-graders have shown little progress in their understanding of the U.S. role in global affairs, the concept of American democracy, technological breakthroughs and other key areas.“All of these students are going to be voters in a year. … They should be well informed,” said Diane Ravitch, an education professor at New York University who participated in a question-and-answer session with reporters after the survey was released.”
They should be well informed….going to be voters in a year. As if being informed is a key to voting rights. Spare me!
Seems to me that these schoolchildren are merely mimicking the adult leaders of our nation. They, too, seem to be quite ignorant of history, so why the exclusive kid-blame? After all, the adults are their role models. Take wars for example. What did we adults ‘learn’ from the idiotic Vietnam War? Apparently little at all. Who recalls the flag-flying, patriotic fervor that spread like wildfire across the U.S.A. as the bombs burst over Baghdad at the inception of Shock ‘n Awe? These 12th graders were 8-years-old at the time, watching TV with their cheering parents. What ‘lesson’ did they learn that day?
Who recalls the words of GW Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney as they assured us that this war was both urgent and would be over in no time at all. At little expense to the taxpayer, too. Sadly the truth is that gallons of blood treasure and tons of financial treasure went down the drain- a drain still sucking our treasure. We’re still there ten years later. The lies of history are quickly forgotten. How many Americans still believe that the War on Iraq was justified? So, who is it that doesn’t know much about his-tor-y?
Then there are the Christo-fascists who know the literal words of the Bible much more clearly than the history surrounding Christianity. That huge bible-thumping area of the South spawns moronically parochial people who wear prismatic lenses which filter out the sheer madness of religious aggression. To them, the Crusades and the Inquisition were noble deeds directed explicitly by God. I’m betting that they know more about the dusty towns of Sodom and Gomorrah than they do of the Thirty Years’ War in Europe.
What about the financial meltdown of 2008? The very reason that John Q. Public is suffering financially ought to have imprinted important facts into the memory neurons of his brain. After all, he was not sitting in a ‘boring’ American History class memorizing the lineage of the kings of England. Rather, that event of less than three years ago ought to have shockingly awakened him from his slumber. Did it? Here is a series of questions that any adult American should know about their recent financial demise. Yet many Americans know the details of this most recent episode of American history?
• What was the major cause of the ‘financial meltdown of 2008?’
• Name at least one perpetrator implicated in this episode?
• What action of the Congress in the 1990’s was a major tripwire for the collapse?
• What action has the Congress initiated to fix the situation to insure that it does not happen once again?
Don’t know much about his-tor-y.