Next Generation, dumb as dumb can be?

These are unbelievable statistics regarding the state of our educational system in America. If we have any doubt as to what the next generation has in store for them, these numbers tell the tale. We often get a glimpse of the ignorance when Fox News does a quick, “man on the street” pop question. The recipient of the question simply smiles and gives some off the wall answer to questions that simply all of us should know. Here we go:

For example, according to a survey conducted by the National Geographic Society, only 37 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 can find Iraq on a map of the world.  According to that same survey, 50 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 can’t even find the state of New York on a map.  If our students cannot even find Iraq and New York on a map, what hope is there that they will be able to think critically about the important world events of our day?

The following are some of the absolutely amazing results of a study conducted a few years ago by Common Core….

*Only 43 percent of all U.S. high school students knew that the Civil War was fought some time between 1850 and 1900.

*More than a quarter of all U.S. high school students thought that Christopher Columbus made his famous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean after the year 1750.

*Approximately a third of all U.S. high school students did not know that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  (This is a topic that was touched on yesterday).

*Only 60 percent of all U.S. students knew that World War I was fought some time between 1900 and 1950.

Even more shocking were the results of a survey of Oklahoma high school students conducted back in 2009.  The following is a list of the questions that were asked and the percentage of students that answered correctly….

What is the supreme law of the land? 28 percent

What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution? 26 percent

What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress? 27 percent

How many justices are there on the Supreme Court? 10 percent

Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? 14 percent

What ocean is on the east coast of the United States? 61 percent

What are the two major political parties in the United States? 43 percent

We elect a U.S. senator for how many years? 11 percent

Who was the first President of the United States? 23 percent

Who is in charge of the executive branch? 29 percent

Full story and a H/T: The American Dream

24 Responses to “Next Generation, dumb as dumb can be?”

  1. Phillis Dillard Says:

    Why would you quote these satistics about our students ignorance on a page that has a link for Sarah Palin’s FB. She doesn’t know when the Civil War was fought. The only reason she knows where New York is because she illegaly took campain funds and toured the U.S. on the peoples dime. I think some one should talk about why our students are in this situation in the first place.


  2. Z Says:

    Am glad to find your site because I clicked on your name at mine and the blogger profile showed nothing! I saw AOW’s reference to your site and clicked and am happy to find you!
    Other than the fact that these stats make me almost literally SICK.
    Well, our kids can’t find Iraq but they can put a condom on a banana and are sure that NYC (wherever it is) will be drowning in 3 months! geeeZ!!


    • bunkerville Says:

      Blogger is giving me problems when I try and post under wordpress. So have been struggling along under various methods. Glad you stopped by, and I am adding you to my bevy of B’ville friends!


  3. Steve Dennis Says:

    The fact that less than 25% of students know who the first president of the US was is an indictiment of the education system in the US. This is being done to our children on purpose because if people understood our founding they would realize how far we have strayed from our founding and the left cannot have that.


    • bunkerville Says:

      Current events were followed in my times as well when I was in school. I doubt that now, and if so, it would have such a Progressive componet.


  4. Matt Says:

    Apparently, the Department of education is executing it’s primary function perfectly.


  5. TexasFred Says:

    The dumbing down of America, coupled with political correctness, will surely be as much a part of the death of the nation and our freedoms as will be the socialization of America by the likes of Obama and Company!


    • bunkerville Says:

      Well put Fred. One has to share the values and culture of what founded our Nation for it to continue. The youth has no connection to their roots.


  6. Teresa Rice Says:

    This is both pathetic and sad. I know my nephews and niece haven’t received the education they deserve. Our education system is failing our kids. Their parents are also failing their kids. The Dept. of Education either needs to be revamped dramatically or eliminated and given back to local communities to decide what is best for the kids. I also wonder whether the progressives are intentionally keeping kids ignorant of history as well as other subjects.


    • bunkerville Says:

      The worst part of it is that is deprives the opportunity for those in poverty to overcome their circumstances. The one road out, and the Progressives would deny them.


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  8. Always On Watch Says:

    From this recent article in the Washington Post:

    For decades, the prevailing wisdom in education was that high self-esteem would lead to high achievement. The theory led to an avalanche of daily affirmations, awards ceremonies and attendance certificates — but few, if any, academic gains.

    Now, an increasing number of teachers are weaning themselves from what some call empty praise…

    The push to make sure that students have plenty of self-esteem is one major factor in the decline of education. Indeed, the present generation of parents were brought up that way.

    Any idiot could have foreseen that promoting self-esteem over any real achievements would have ended in a disaster of the preservation of knowledge and, yes, in promoting any analytical skills, including that of critical thinking.


    • bunkerville Says:

      I drive by our local schools which are now nothing less than Taj Mahal’s, warehousing our children to what end? Each year our school taxes rise, and the children accomplish less academically. Your kids are lucky indeed to have you.


  9. Maggie@MaggiesNotebook Says:

    I don’t believe the problem is the children. I do believe the problem is the parents and the curriculum. Even an inept teacher can teach to a good curriculum, but it takes a wise and honest school administration to demand that curriculum. Linked at my place sometime today.


    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks Maggie. After I did the headline, I realized it did not represent my intentions. You are right on target with this one.


  10. ComradeMatrix Says:

    One way to keep a society dependent is to keep it ignorant. This has been an agenda for quite a while now. Amazing how successful it has been.


  11. Always On Watch Says:

    Well, I’m not surprised.

    Even among my quite academic homeschoolers, I am ever amazed at how many of them don’t know what I consider to be basic historical and cultural facts. Now, most of these students have indeed been taught these facts at home early on. But so many students don’t WANT to remember them because they don’t see the point. In one specific case, one young lady (A junior!) says about geography, “Why should I learn this? I’ll never visit there or live there?”

    In my view, a lot of the problem stems from the instant access to information on the Internet. Students actually believe that being able to access the information is scholarly in and of itself.

    Now, not all my homeschool students are dumber than dumb. But as little as five years ago, NONE of them were!

    Related subject: see my post today at Infidel Bloggers Alliance — “Pro-Sharia Textbooks In American Schools.” Something else to be alarmed about!


    • bunkerville Says:

      The art of critical thinking is nearly dead. The ability to debate, pursue a logical argument, philosphy, are sadly lacking in our educational system. In my studies, it was stressed that Geography was everything in determining a society. My Prof perhaps had a bias, but I believe it to be so.


  12. republican mother Says:

    Been talking about the roots of this for awhile. If you really want to blame somebody, you’ve got to go back one hundred years to the General Education Board funded by Carnegie and Rockefeller. Read the Deliberate Dumbing Down of America for precise quotes of how these Elites equate kids with animals and brag about how they’ll make them deliberately stupid.
    TAKE NOTE: It’s not liberals that have done this, but apolitical monopolistic pro-command economy types.

    I had to take over the youth at my church one Wednesday night, so I broke out my emergency plan of reading a missionary story. This one was about taking the Bible into the Eastern Bloc. I started by asking the kids if any of the high schoolers could tell me what communism was. Not a one of them had any clue what I was talking about. So I had to spend a few minutes explaining what communism was so that they could begin to understand the story of how a page of the Bible was precious and unknown thing in a land where Christianity and religion was forbidden.

    This explains why it is very hard to have an intelligent conversation with most people because they aren’t “programmed to receive” (apologies to Pink Floyd) abstract thoughts, etc. like liberty and the natural rights of man, etc.


    • bunkerville Says:

      We had a year of Civics in High School followed by our Senior trip to D.C. It left a lasting impression. Attending Congress, meeting our Senator, a tour of what is now Obamas crib :))


  13. bunkerville Says:

    How can we possibly have a resonable converstaion regarding our economy, politics, whatever, when our young folks know nothing about it. Keen observation SF, they are destroying us from within. What information the kids get is frequently so distorted from objective truth.


  14. silverfiddle Says:

    I don’t know who said it, but somebody observed that if an enemy had done this to our education system we would consider it an act of war.


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