Berkeley, Other Major Colleges Get Failing Grades in US History

A real shocker here. The hotbed of 1960's leftist radicalism bequeaths a legacy of empty-headed, ignorant liberal know-nothings onto the country:

The nonpartisan group that contracted the study, the Delaware-based Intercollegiate Studies Institute, said the results indicate that colleges aren't doing enough to teach their students about civics and the basic principles on which America was founded. The country faces a "crisis in citizenship" unless colleges rededicate themselves to instruction in the core principles, the group said.

"We were flabbergasted" by the results, said Josiah Bunting, who chairs the institute's National Civic Literacy Board. The study looked at campuses along the entire spectrum, he said, from the most elite such as Harvard and Princeton to liberal arts colleges and small religious schools.

"Almost all of these universities talk in their catalogs about a mission of educating people who will be citizens and citizen leaders," Bunting said. "That really was what prompted the study."

News flash - they teach political activism and leftwing political dementia, not history, politics or civics (just as they have done for decades). In a twist of delicious irony, Berkeley got an F (2nd to last place in the nation) in US History, politics and government education. Stanford followed closely behind. In other words, the "elite" public and Ivy League colleges in our country don't teach their students a damn thing about US history, government or politics - since being a good little leftist requires you to ignore and alter the past to fit your agenda.

Here's more of the hilariously ironic findings of the study:

-53 percent of seniors could not identify the correct century when the first American colony was established at Jamestown.

-More than 75 percent of seniors could not identify that the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine was to prevent foreign expansion into the Western Hemisphere.

-Only 45 percent of seniors identified the Baath party as the main source of Saddam Hussein's political support.

That is scary. I wonder where they're really getting their US History "education" from.

Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.

Posted by: Good Lt. at 08:10 AM

Comments

1 Surprise Surprise....you spend your $200,000 to send your kids to UCB, and they come out STUPID (and politically correct). But that is how the lefties (try) to control America, by controlling the education bueaucracy..

The internet will fix this. Wait and see.

Posted by: n.a. palm at September 28, 2006 08:21 AM

2 Hilarious! And oh so ironic considering the "reality-based community" is so boastful about their intellect and education. But they are ignorant, and it shows. I can't count the times I've told Libs they are welcome to their opinions, but not their own facts.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at September 28, 2006 08:49 AM

3 Actually, going to Cal isn't that expensive. It's a public school. But it is elite.

Since greyrooster went to Cal, maybe this explains his ignorance of the Klan being a terrorist organization?

Posted by: Rusty at September 28, 2006 09:01 AM

4 Ouch!

Posted by: Good Lt at September 28, 2006 09:19 AM

5 Maybe the entire public educational system in the US is soscrewed up that it cannot be fixed, thus it should be abolished. I have my daugher in private school, she is in the 6th grade, and she knows more correct US history and geography than my junior in high school, and my junior in college. Facts speak for themselves. And before you say my older kids in public school underperform, my son in college graduated 2nd in a class of 431.

Posted by: jesusland joe at September 28, 2006 09:21 AM

6 He who controls the past controls the present, so historical revisionism is a cornerstone of the lefturd ideology.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at September 28, 2006 09:57 AM

7 That is scary. I wonder where they're really getting their US History "education" from.
They get it from the media. Not the MSM, but from movies and TV. That is, they get American History (and, in fact, world history) from the likes of Micheal Moore and Oliver Stone.

Posted by: Izzy at September 28, 2006 11:04 AM

8 Not surprising. It doesn't help when you have teachers like my colonial to civil war US History instructor in college basing the entire class on analyzing the hell out of 2-3 primary source documents from a given period of US history and giving little, if any, context.

I admire my American History teacher in highschool though. We only had 2 readings from the entire textbook because he hated it. It was so PC it was disgusting. The Colonial Period was 1 chapter, mostly about how we gave the indians the flu and measels; and those we didn't we shot. George Washington had 1 whole paragraph devoted to him and the rest of the founding fathers had mentions in passing. Yet Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X both got entire 40+ page (not counting pictures) chapters devoted to them. The Civil Rights fight overall got an entire chapter on top of it. The Civil War had 1 chapter, 90% of it ripping on the South for slavery and how Lincoln didn't care about the blacks because all he did was liberate them and didn't go farther to help them. Aparently the South just randomly decided to be mean and enslave black people and pull out of the Union. The Gilded Age had 3 chapters, the entirety of 1 of it devoted to the
corruption of monopolies, another about the poor condition of
immigrants, the other was a general overview of the entire thing. WWII was 2 chapters: 1 chapter of the leadup to WWII and the war itself, and the result, 1 chapter that was all holocaust. Reading it it was like Japan attacked us at random and we instantly nuked them into submission. The firebombing of Dresden was given as much space as the various conferences of the allied powers, D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and the fight in Africa combined. Vietnam chapter sounded like we randomly teleported there for no reason whatsoever other than because we could, then spent 1/2 of the space devoted to Watergate.

So yeah, the text sucked, but at least we had a good teacher. Unfortunately that can't be said for the majority of schools.

Posted by: Ranba Ral at September 28, 2006 11:36 AM

9 He who controls the past controls the present, so historical revisionism is a cornerstone of the lefturd ideology.
That is 100% correct, and it bears repeating.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at September 28, 2006 11:40 AM

10 None of this is surprising. Universities have been a breeding ground of future socialists for decades.

What's surprising is that it's getting news coverage.

Posted by: Michael Hampton at September 28, 2006 01:57 PM

11 Hey how about calling it U.C. JERKLEY?

Posted by: sandpiper at September 28, 2006 03:05 PM

12 What really bothers me is that the majority of the educated people in this country -- professors, doctors, lawyers -- tend to be liberals. Why is there such a dichotomy between education and political disposition?

Posted by: Randy at September 28, 2006 04:39 PM

13 What really bothers me is that the majority of the educated people in this country -- professors, doctors, lawyers -- tend to be liberals. Why is there such a dichotomy between education and political disposition?

Posted by: Randy at September 28, 2006 04:40 PM

14 #1 Cal Berkley was the only school that would give me a full football scholarship. Which shows how dumb they were since none of us ever made it to the pros.
#2 Cal Berkley in the 60's was hippy as shit but they were intelligent hippies.
#3 Academic meatheads like Rusty and crew are the ones who ruined Cal because their minority always right, anything foreign always right, Cuba is our Hungary, anything anti American is correct policy It was the academics being paid by the state to teach who were inciting the social/commie crap. It was easy for the Academic meathead socialists to take some unwashed social left behind hippies and convince them to be anti America. After all they were ugly misfits and that wasn't right. America must be at fault. I would have been suspended 19 times if it wasn't for the Boheimian Club and the football coaches. I was there fighting all the way. Where were you Southern Cal pricks. I'll tell you where. Hiding in your classrooms, kissing the asses of anything not white male republican.
#4 Go to Cal Berkley and see the makeup ofthe majority of students now attending. On occasion one may speak clear english and look American. But not many.

#5 Good chance Rusty was one of those unwashed, social misfits who can't make a living outside academia. Hiding behind the desk because they can't hack it in the real world. Dictating to young people because experienced successful adults would laugh at them.

Ranba Rai: Glad to see I wasn't the only one who wasted two semesters on absolutely nothing. I remember my American History Professor telling us that America was responsible for the halocaust because after world war 1 we gave the Jews preference in business contracts allowing them to grow rich. Therefore, inciting the people of Germany to "take their country back". If I remember correctly the two Jewish kids in that class failed to received passing grades because of their objections. The teacher explained that no one had the right to challenge his curriculum. He was the instructor and that was that.In fairness, he said anyone could drop the coarse. Yea sure, it was the end of the semester and it was required.

Posted by: greyrooster at September 28, 2006 06:00 PM

15 Anyone heard of the Klan terrorizing anyone lately? I know of some black terrorists. Some muslim terrorists.But if Rusty mentioned those, some raghead or black would bitch slap him out of the classroom. So he instead fixates on the non-existant terror. As I said before. Academic meathead. Nothing more. Protect that job and screw the future of this nation.

Posted by: greyrooster at September 28, 2006 06:05 PM

16 greyrooster- if you want to suck Rusy's cock, just ask. Beating around the bush sure isn't working.

Posted by: greg at September 28, 2006 07:53 PM

17 greyrooster - if you want to suck MY cock, just ask. Beating around the bush sure isn't working.

Posted by: Greg at September 28, 2006 07:54 PM

18 Greg has a cock????????? That dog want hunt.

Posted by: greyrooster at September 29, 2006 06:31 AM

19 LOL!!!!

Posted by: jesusland joe at September 29, 2006 09:23 AM






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