By Eileen F. Toplansky
Naturally, I felt compelled to answer the questions established by the Intercollegiate Student Institute American Civic Literacy Program who, for the past five years, has attempted to measure how well colleges and universities are transmitting American core values and history.
The results from the schools of higher learning are very discouraging. …
In fact, according to the findings of the ICI group, when tested as freshmen, “half of the incoming [college] freshmen tested fail the 60-question multiple choice [history] quiz.” Three years later they have learned very little, with seniors scoring a mere four percent higher. In fact, “no school, not even Harvard or Yale, got above a 69 percent average among seniors. Worse still, in some schools, students did less well coming out than going in.”
WASS! People who don’t understand how things got to be the way they are - the good and the bad - are going to repeat the same mistakes and throw away things that were well thought out.