Monday, June 20, 2011

Forgotten History

As Wade Malcom reports, the Chronicle of Higher Education found that Delaware General Assembly is tied with New Mexico for the 3rd lowest percentage of legislators that have a bachelor’s degree. As Wade points out, there are endless jokes to come from this (sarcasm) “startling revelation” but another recently released report is more of a problem not just for Delaware but for America as a whole. While it’s no surprise that our Delaware legislators are less educated than most other states, a new report out from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reveals some startling evidence of a belief long held by many Americans, we are forgetting where we came from and how we got here.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has put out “The Nation’s Report Card” on the subject of U.S. History in 2010. The study finds that there has been little improvement or change in the knowledge of America’s history across grade ranges and it also finds that even the top percentiles of students score just over 50% on the scale. The assessment was done of 4th, 8th, and 12th graders across America and across the gender, race and socioeconomic scales. The students were graded on a scale with 3 major categories of success: Basic, Proficient, Advanced

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