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.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:
"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."
That is scary. I wonder where they're really getting their US History "education" from. Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.
-53 percent of seniors could not identify the correct century when the first American colony was established at Jamestown.-Only 45 percent of seniors identified the Baath party as the main source of Saddam Hussein's political support.
-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.
The internet will fix this. Wait and see.
Posted by: n.a. palm at September 28, 2006 08:21 AM
Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at September 28, 2006 08:49 AM
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
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Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at September 28, 2006 09:57 AM
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
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
That is 100% correct, and it bears repeating.
Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at September 28, 2006 11:40 AM
What's surprising is that it's getting news coverage.
Posted by: Michael Hampton at September 28, 2006 01:57 PM
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Posted by: Randy at September 28, 2006 04:40 PM
#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.
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