A generation of American students is being indoctrinated instead of educated. The results for the future of the United States are extremely worrisome.
The indications are clear and overwhelming that far too many pupils in the United States are being deprived of basic academic instruction in the key elements of American history and civics. The problem extends from grammar school straight through college. The evidence can be discerned in statistical studies, curriculum review, the actions of university administrators, and even anecdotal reports through visits to local schools.
Consider the following:
According to the 2010 National Assessment of Education Progress, only 35% of 4thgraders know the purpose of the Declaration of Independence. Overall, only 20% of 4thgraders, 17% of 8th graders, and 12% of 12th graders were proficient in history.
A Brennan/Princeton survey of New Yorkers revealed that "New Yorkers, like most Americans, know very little about their Constitution and government." The study indicated that only 42% of New Yorkers know basic information about the three branches of government.
According to the U.S. Education Department, “a staggering number of Americans do not know much of the basic history and traditions of our nation.… Nearly two-thirds of Americans cannot name all three branches of government. …Less than half of the public can name a single Supreme Court justice. And more than a quarter do not know who America fought in the Revolutionary War.”
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute's (ISI) American Civil Literacy Project has conducted a survey revealing that a stunning 71.4% of those polled lack an adequate knowledge of American history and basic civics.
The problem is not limited to those without college degrees. According to the ISI, "Many Americans with bachelor's degrees cannot answer the most basic questions about our nation's history and founding documents. Many cannot name all three branches of government or major guarantees of the bill of rights...Students did poorly even at the most elite schools. Harvard seniors, who did best, earned an average score of only 69.56 [on basic US History and civics questions]...in 2008, in a random study of American adults, the average score was 49%; even those with college degrees scored only 57%." Shockingly, the ISI study found that elected officials typically have less civic knowledge than the general public, scoring lower by about 5 points.”
It’s not what isn’t being taught that’s troublesome. It’s also what is being given in place of standard instruction. "The People's History of the United States," a Marxist view of the US, has been used as a text in Washington, D.C. schools. In Tucson, Arizona, "Occupied America," written by the radical Rodolfo Acuna, is among the prescribed texts. The book recommends the conversion of the Southwestern US into a "Chicano Nation" and advocates the killing of whites "if necessary."
Last year, the National Association of Scholars prepared a report for the Regents of the University of California. It’s comments were scathing. They found that “coursework in American history and institutions have been dropped, that writing courses often stress writing far less than tendentious political topics; that prescribed books are frequently no more than journalistic presentations of a simple political message instead of the more complex writings appropriate to an academic context; and that faculty teach what to think rather how to think; that is, they demand correct attitudes and beliefs of students more than they require independent reading and thought.”
Campus activities which once would have been considered “As American as apple pie” are actively discouraged. Earlier this month, a college student, Robert Van Tuinen, passing out pamphlets containing the text of the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day at Modesto College, was informed by campus authorities that he could only do so in a tiny restricted spot known as a “free speech zone.”
It’s not only what isn’t being taught, it’s what is being forced on youth by politically biased educators. In 2009. There were cringe-inducing reports of grammar school children being instructed to sing creepy songs in praise of President Obama, in scenes that seem wholly copied from North Korea, where youth are forced to praise their dictator with religious fervor. A New Jersey school had children singing a song worshiping Obama. It was adapted from a religious hymn called “Jesus Loves The Little Children.”
"The People's History of the United States," a Marxist view of the US, has been used as a text in Washington, D.C. schools. In Tucson, Arizona, "Occupied America," written by the radical Rodolfo Acuna, is among the prescribed texts. The book recommends the conversion of the Southwestern US into a "Chicano Nation" and advocates the killing of whites "if necessary."
The end result of all of this is the production of a generation of Americans that is alienated from and hostile to the founding principles of their own nation. They have been indoctrinated to believe that the very concepts of individual freedom, unalienable rights, and the guarantee of those virtues through a constitution is irrelevant or worse.
Americans should be deeply concerned.