Failing Grades on Civics Exam a ‘Crisis’

Posted on May 4, 2011

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Failing Grades on Civics Exam a ‘Crisis’ – NYTimes.com. A crisis that could have been avoided a very long time ago.

Fewer than half of American eighth graders knew the purpose of the Bill of Rights on the most recent national civics examination, and only one in 10 demonstrated acceptable knowledge of the checks and balances among the legislative, executive and judicial branches, according to test results released on Wednesday.

At the same time, three-quarters of high school seniors who took the test, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, were unable to demonstrate skills like identifying the effect of United States foreign policy on other nations or naming a power granted to Congress by the Constitution

Maybe this is purely the conspiracy theorist in me coming out, or maybe there is validity to the fact that the majority of those in power are concerned about two things: remaining in power and (so) they can make money.  I don’t think it’s a secret at this point that our political “leaders” are way too heavily influenced by corporations and other big wig profiteers. Especially, but by no means limited to, republicans.  Why on EARTH would these (mostly) men want students to have a firm grasp of how things are supposed to run in this country?  Once they figure that out they might want to change it.  At least that’s what happened to me.  Taking an intro to US government class at a junior college changed my life.  I was 21 at the time.  I still don’t have the most information I should about how our government, by the people for the people, is supposed to work.  And I don’t think that it is completely by accident.  It’s easier to control the masses when they are undereducated.  It’s easier for our government to invade other countries, to pass laws that shouldn’t be passed, and essentially to act however they want in their respective branch when people do not know what their limits/authorities are.  or maybe if we didn’t run schools like businesses, maybe if our country actually gave a shit about something other than how to make money and control others we could focus on fixing our horribly horribly broken education system.

we need an education revolution

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