Only 9% of 4th graders have ever heard of Abraham LIncoln
This "materialization" or "utilitarian" approach to education is responsible for such great social ills as our current economic calamities, undeclared wars, and other perversions that threaten the foundations of the American experiment,
A society can make progress only if its young people know of the progress their country has made so far. In America, that means fourth-graders should be able to identify Abraham Lincoln – only 9 percent can. High school seniors must know about the Supreme Court’s 1954 ruling Brown v. Board of Education – only 2 percent do.
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Such statistics are particularly worrisome because today’s 12th-graders will be able to vote in next year’s elections.