If children are the future, America is in deep trouble. A quarter of 13 year olds tested thought Canada was a dictatorship

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Not a good sign for the future of America.

Via the Economist…

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, which periodically tests sample-groups of America’s children on various subjects, this week released disappointing results for history, geography and civics for 13-year-olds. Pupils showed no improvement since 2010. Most know little about history: only 1% earned an “advanced” score in that subject. Geography scores are even worse. Most did not understand time zones, and a quarter thought Canada was a dictatorship. Results have been flat since 1994.

Civics scores were also stagnant, and included some howlers. Asked which of four options “is a belief shared by most people of the United States” about the sort of government America should have, only a third gave the correct answer: that it should be a democracy. More than half thought that the government should guarantee everyone a job. That was the wrong answer as far as the examiners were concerned, but perhaps an accurate reflection of what a lot of voters think.


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