bdunbar | Clearly we need to stay the course in public educationI still remember another student in one of my high school history classes raising her hand and asking the following after our teacher talked about Pearl Harbor:
In my daughter's 11th grade American History class ... out of twenty-five students
After eleven years of public school education.
- Four students did not know who was the first President of the United States
- Nine students did not know who won the American Civil War.
"But Mrs. X, if the Japanese were bombing us so much, why didn't we ever bomb them back?"Mind you, this was in an honors class in a school that USN&WR considers one of the top five open enrollment high schools in the country. And the girl who said that has just been graduated from Georgetown Law.
That's why I don't put any stock in credentials.