I have written on this before, that the current outrage over adults and students lack of basic civics and American history knowledge is nothing new.
Yet the media and politicians consistently bemoan such ignorance and blame teachers when the student, family, and social structure of society is not even considered.We (media/culture) glamorize, indoctrinate, and assimilate young people to care more about style, than substance. What do we expect?
According a new study, for the third consecutive year, and hold on it’s a shocker, “the Intercollegiate Studies Institute has found that a large number of Americans cannot pass a basic 33-question civic literacy test on their country’s history and institutions.”
I have come to the conclusion that the reason for such ignorance is choice. It does not matter how great the teacher, if the student does not continue on a path of learning after school most of that knowledge fades. Other things replace it.
I guarantee at one time MOST of these people knew this information, they simply chose to let it go and remember something else. It’s about choosing what’s important and what is not, and our culture dictates this by design.