Saturday, November 22, 2008

Worse News than the Election Results

Hard core Republicans and Democrats alike (obviously, the latter group thinks that almost anything qualifies as worse news than the election results) should be dismayed by findings such as these related in a column by Deroy Murdoch:

"Only 21 percent of respondents correctly identified Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address as the source of the words 'government of the people, by the people, for the people.' But 56 percent properly named Paula Abdul as a judge on the karaoke sensation American Idol."

While the lack of civics education is a special concern in a representative democracy, the fact is that for decades the American public has been lamenting the results of these types of surveys looking at virtually every academic subject area. Somehow, we continue to do ridiculously little about it other than lament it, as we continue to entrust our children to the same educational brain trust that got us to this point in the first place.


Blogger Lanette said...

Only 56% know who the woman judge on American Idol is? That is a shocking disregard of pop culture and the place of a woman in such a role.

10:17 PM  

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