Monday, December 20, 2021

Civics Education - Many Americans Are Clueless

While woke school boards, administrators and teachers keep pushing Critical Race Theory, Marxist, racist, revisionist fake history and imposition of the LGBTQIA agenda in our public schools, half the nation's kids cannot read or do math at grade level.  And, in many school districts there are no plans to address this crisis because the education bureaucracy and teacher unions want no accountability.  What is just as bad is that many Americans are completely clueless when it comes to Civics Education.  They have no idea how our government works because they are not being taught the fundamentals of American history and government.

The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center found in September, 2021 that 44%  of US adults could not name the three branches of government; one in five could not name any.  Only 51% of US adults knew that the Supreme Court was the arbiter of last resort when laws are disputed.   Only 6 in 10 stated that they had taken a Civics course in high school focused on the Constitution, or our judicial system.  About 48% said they had taken a college course focused on the US system of government and the Constitution.  Even so, since many history and government teachers today spew left wing Socialist ideology, kids are not getting the straight story, just hateful anti American propaganda.  

In 2020, it should be no surprise that only 24% of eighth grade students performed at or above the proficient level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a Civics exam.  While there is focus on STEM in many public schools, the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which is great when it happens, there is very little emphasis on Civics education.  

It is no wonder that half the people in our country are clueless regarding the workings of our government.  Many are being led like sheep by corrupt politicians and a political system that is often completely dysfunctional.  This is why those in the DC swamp are able to continue feeding at the trough.  Ignorance is bliss.  Many in our country are so clueless that they don't even know what questions to ask about the workings of our government.  We have to fix this if we are to remain a thriving, vibrant democracy.  Otherwise, our nation will be continue to be ruled by crooks and liars not held accountable by anyone.  Certainly, we can't count on Fake News to hold elected officials accountable because they too are feeding at the trough in the Deep State Swamp.

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