A recent survey of academic progress in the US found 25% of American 13-year-olds thought Canada was a dictatorship

“…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.”

  • ProgNorth

    Education anymore is a dumping ground, for politically correct leftist group think. It’s a lot easier to massage a populace into submission, when they’re ignorant.

    • nobull

      annnd how do they fundamentally change a nation? Start with the kids, feeding them the narrative and within 3 generations, the job is near complete.

      Common core – rewriting history and portraying conservatives as uncaring people who’d let folks starve just to make a buck, etc etc.

      When conservative give the most – great example, good ol’ uncle joe shotgun biden. The year before named VP, his total charitable giving? $300.

      Repeat a lie often enough…

  • Uncle_Waspy

    The test givers are all wrong. The USA has become a dictatorship where King Barrack rules by fiat.

  • FactsWillOut

    “only a third gave the correct answer: that it should be a democracy.”

    The correct answer is a constitutional republic.

    The erosion of truth continues at breakneck speed.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I prefer constitutional monarchy.

  • “a quarter thought Canada was a dictatorship” – lol.

    • MRHapla

      one wonders what the other seventy-five cents thought,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Norman_In_New_York

    They probably can’t think of who is buried in Grant’s Tomb.

    • MRHapla

      wait,,,I know this one,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • It’s time to abolish teachers’ unions and fine parents for not reading to their kids.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Most Americans could not find America on a map. Of America.

    Give or take, about a quarter of college Sophomores in the US are what most people would call functionally illiterate.

    The New York Times is written at about a 10th or 11th grade level. This is beyond the capabilities of most adults. The Wall St Journal is written at a 12th grade level and is considered even by journalists to be snobbish and elitist.

    Nationally, the average US school district fails to graduate 2 out of every 5 students from high school. Of the 3 that do make it about half go on to jobs that require no more than an 8th grade education, the other half attempt to go to college where most of the first two full years of enrollment are remedial work from high school. 70% of college students manage to graduate a 4 year program in 6 years.

    In an average US city of more than 200,000 people the school district has decided to cope with a population where there is at least a quarter of the student population who do not speak English but who are moderately literate in one of 7 other languages.

    By the time he or she graduates high school, the average South Korean student has spent 2 FULL YEARS more in class time.

    • lolwut?

      That was a National Geographic survey, it wasn’t most,. It was around a 11%
      of of participants who couldn’t find the USA on a map.

      It was around the same percentage for Japanese who couldn’t find the Pacific Ocean.

  • Doug Kursk

    Most leftists think Canada under PM Harper is a dictatorship as well!

    • Frau Katze

      That’s a good point.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Most leftists in Canada want to live under a dictatorship as well.
      I can’t understand why they whine so much.

  • john700

    If you read the comments on the CBC website, you will see that 80% of the people posting there claim Harper is a dictator.

    • Frau Katze

      So these students were real lefties?

      • Alain

        Or they are victims of indoctrination.

  • Jade

    Welcome to “progressive” education in the good old USA.

  • simus1

    Led by California, public education has been in a downward spiral for decades. The main effort seems to be centred on keeping the standards low enough to ensure pupils attend and don’t do silly things like quitting to search for jobs or become full time gang members out on the street.

  • truepeers

    How many 13 year olds know what a dictatorship is? (I have a pen…)

    It was probably multiple choice with four or five answers, so 25% is just right.

  • Edubeat

    “…and if you don’t agree with everything I say about Ontario’s #sexed program meant to groom little kids then you are all homophobes,” Dictator – for – Life Katy Wynnebagger

  • Alain

    The destruction of the education system is ramped throughout the West and not limited to the United States. I recall maybe 10 to 15 years ago reading about a survey done in the UK of students. Almost all of them thought that Churchill was just some fictional character instead of a real person who had saved their butts with the help of allies of course from the Nazis. A similar type survey was done with French students and their ignorance of their own history was mind-boggling also. This is a sad state of affairs.

  • cmh

    It IS a dictatorship….we are governed by a Charter of Rights and Freedoms whose meaning is interpreted by a group of unelected, far left elitist judges who are not accountable to anyone. This is not a democracy anymore…. not since 1982.

    • dukestreet

      Ain’t that the truth.

  • vimy

    I did a quiz on The Blaze the other day called American History 101 and aced it. I don’t know if that says more about me or Canadian education

    • simus1

      Oh, you bein’ at “bein’ white” agin, little uncle tom nephew?
      Time for da posse to come ’round, give yo homework doin’ ass ‘nuther whuppin.

  • MRHapla

    The wheels came off the wagon when History and Civics classes became “Social Studies”., the Pledge became passe, along with PE and actual competition and diversity (a code word for dilution) were instituted by the PCLibDemScum-Traitors.

    Now, IS/Daesh Islamic BS can pick off our loser kids like fish in a barrell. Sen. Corey Booker screetching “Whys??? owee lordy, whatdumaHellsbeezgoinons??”