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(Reuters)   Do you think JFK freed the slaves in 1912? Then you are a high school senior.   ( divider line
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2002-05-09 11:51:19 AM  
Awww, come on.

Everyone knows he freed them in 1914. I pity America's youth these days.
2002-05-09 11:59:19 AM  
Sometimes I wished I lived in Europe. (besides France)
2002-05-09 12:06:58 PM  
Those who don't learn history are doomed to repeat it. Except in US schools where apparently you just graduate. Same as with math and science, sadly.
2002-05-09 01:35:20 PM  
JFK is the father of Julia Roberts' unborn child.
2002-05-09 01:53:47 PM  
How can we expect highschoolers to have time to learn anything when they're busy drinking, screwing, and getting high? I mean geez everyone has to have their priorities, right?

2002-05-09 04:06:03 PM  
U arre am a victumm off the publik educaishun cistym.
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I'm glad I graduated and got out of it 12 years ago.
2002-05-09 04:06:35 PM  
I knew lotsa history when I graduated from HS. Now most of it has been debunked, erased, or changed.

It's not going to get any better, either. In NJ, for example, they're gonna lower the GPA necessary to become a teacher & probably drop the 2-year foreign language HS requirement.
2002-05-09 04:06:45 PM  
Dumass or Obvious... tough call.
2002-05-09 04:06:51 PM  
Damn. With these stats i feel like i know more about the U.S. than people that live there. BTW im Canadian
2002-05-09 04:08:38 PM  
God damnit. First Clinton started with teens giving BJs and now this!
2002-05-09 04:08:48 PM  
I think the general public has gained more common sense, but has pretty much become dumber on specifics.

The majority get their information and "education" from the television.
2002-05-09 04:09:56 PM  
Bartron, in general foreigners really DO know more US history than US citizens. Hell, why should they have to learn it? They live here after all. If ignorance is bliss then most US citizens are blissfully ecstatic.
2002-05-09 04:09:59 PM  
the average score of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches was lower than children who did not get free lunches.

Those goddamn liberals are ruining our childrens' educations with their damn subsidized school lunch programs! Stop the free lunches!
2002-05-09 04:10:59 PM  
everybody knows that was george washington, and the document was the emancipation constipation.
2002-05-09 04:11:58 PM  
Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!

Don't stop him, he's on a roll.
2002-05-09 04:12:49 PM  
All this proves is that dumb people have dumb kids. If they weren't dumb, they probably wouldn't be poor either. Obvious.
2002-05-09 04:14:46 PM  
What was THE MAJOR cause of the civil war???? And don't tell me it was farking slavery!
2002-05-09 04:15:59 PM  
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2002-05-09 04:16:14 PM  
Excellent, I won't have to worry about any hotshot graduate kids stealing my job.
2002-05-09 04:18:07 PM  
LOSERS!! All a bunch of losers!

The major issue of the civil war was State's rights, wasn't it?
2002-05-09 04:19:22 PM  
its weird, when you're in all the nerd classes you dont notice how stupid the average highschooler is.
2002-05-09 04:19:48 PM  
"These results show that the performance gap is closing between white and black students at grade four and white and Hispanic students at grade twelve."

Read: White kids are getting dumber.

"I weep for the future."
2002-05-09 04:20:51 PM  
Eye_power: Hello, the Civil War was all about the land. Sheesh.

Oh, and that's probably wrong as I am a relatively recent product of the public education system. ;)
2002-05-09 04:21:57 PM  
Eye_power , well according to MGen John Gordon of the Confederate Army, slavery was certainly the cause of it.
2002-05-09 04:22:01 PM  
Bartron is right, ergo Rick Mercer's "Talking to Americans".
Americans answers about Canada leave us rotfl'ing. Their answers about their own country - rotflmao
2002-05-09 04:22:12 PM  
Yeah, well, they might not know what the Emancipation Proclamation is ... but they know what oral sex trains are!
2002-05-09 04:23:12 PM  
Sad thing is that most Canadian HS students don't know nearly enough about Canada's history... much less US history
2002-05-09 04:23:33 PM  
The study fails to report that most high school seniors;
1) hate school
2) are drunk or high most of the time
3) are horny 24 hours a day
So yes, they will not have any clue about real stuff.
Hell, most of them spend their days walking into walls.

I remember a drinking survey i took back when i was in high school. It had questions like 'do you drink at parties' and 'do you drink more than one drink an evening'. The survey went on to tell us if we answered just ONE yes we were already alcoholics. It was so absurd it was comical.
2002-05-09 04:24:11 PM  
Emancipation Proclammation? Sorry, I don't listen to hip-hop.
2002-05-09 04:24:43 PM  
Canada has a history?
2002-05-09 04:25:10 PM  
disgusting. my 5-year-old knows that Lincoln freed the slaves, and half of high schoolers don't?
you know why he knows? because I taught him MYSELF. all of you out there with kids, get off your A$$ and teach your kids something today instead of plopping them in front of the TV again.
2002-05-09 04:25:44 PM  
These kids think history started in 1998 when Britney Spears and Korn came on the scene.
2002-05-09 04:25:46 PM  
'Hip hop'? Hmm sounds like music for bunny rabbits.
2002-05-09 04:27:21 PM  
OBB what Canadian history???

The biggest uprising we had were the Riots in Yorktown (Toronto). A bunch of guys get all hammered up, go throw rocks at the British troops, the troops fire over their head, they all head back to the tavern for more beer!!

That's about it.

Oh yeah, and a Prime Minister who spoke with the dead. But that's it.
2002-05-09 04:27:56 PM  
It's hard to fathom the ignorance people can exhibit in regards to the world around them and its history. I'll bet anyone here 10 pesos that the average high school student couldn't tell you who our Vice President is. Yes, it is that bad.
2002-05-09 04:28:33 PM  
Know a guy who teaches HS history at a public school. For years he has taught that Louis Armstrong walked on the moon and "Martin Rufus King" freed the slaves.
2002-05-09 04:28:46 PM  
Everyone complains about the public school system, but nobody wants to fix it. Why are public schools so bad? Because the teachers are stupid. Why are the teachers so stupid? Because smart people don't want a job that pays so little. Think about that next time they want to raise taxes.
2002-05-09 04:30:46 PM  
. In NJ, for example, they're gonna lower the GPA necessary to become a teacher

Great idea. Teacher shortage, let's see, we could pay teachers more to get more teachers... no that would cost money... I got it! Lets lower the standards to become a teacher!
2002-05-09 04:30:49 PM  

Sigh. And the best part is that the amount you should know in order to be a useful, educated member of society is only going up. Year by year, decade by decade, the world only get more complicated.

A lot of the education problem is the difficulty in hiring and keeping decent teachers. Teachers get mediocre pay, no respect, and a hard job. The result? Some school districts in my area are so desperate for teachers that they'll hire warm bodies, just because they have to have someone in that classroom.

Should have had a "sad" tag.
2002-05-09 04:30:50 PM  
10 pesos? These kids probably think that's a lot of money to be betting. With the currency exchange that's like $2.50, right?
2002-05-09 04:31:00 PM  
TheProfessor, you're stupid. And you said so yourself.
2002-05-09 04:31:02 PM  
"Think of how stupid the average person is and then realize that half of them are stupider than that!"
-George Carlin
2002-05-09 04:32:37 PM  
Blame the farkin teacher's unions.

It's impossible to fire a teacher now and most of them are as dumb as shiat. I asked a sixth grade teacher in MD who was dating my friend and whom I expected to be quite dim-witted, who wrote the Declaration of Independence.

Her straight faced, serious answer was that teachers shouldn't be tested because they need to be confident and comfortable in order to provide the best learning environment for the children. She then told me that anything the teacher didn't know could be looked up which would teach the child how to learn.

When I prodded her she said that people like me were the problem with students today. My demanding that they know facts instead of being given the tools to learn was hurting them much more than her not knowing some trivial historical fact.

I decided then that my children would never see the inside of a public school in their life.
2002-05-09 04:34:41 PM  
Marquis: No, I'm not a teacher. But I could teach you a few things.
2002-05-09 04:34:46 PM  
This is what happens when the teacher's union weilds too much power...
2002-05-09 04:34:47 PM  
Pwing - What about the 200 people that died in the year long rebellion in Quebec? That was part of the 1837/38 Rebellion, but most Canadians seem to ignore it. Jean-Louis Papineau ring a bell?

Not to mention Louis Riel and the North-West Rebellion...
2002-05-09 04:34:54 PM  
John Gordon was a dipshee-it. Don't listen to his ass. The major cause of the Civil War was the North invading the South. Duh.
2002-05-09 04:35:29 PM  
I, for one, had a fantastic education. (But then, the guy who mentioned having all nerd classes was right. You don't notice all the tards around you.) The issue isn't the quality of school, but that kids just don't give a shiat.
2002-05-09 04:35:32 PM  
Let's see... I want you to take another test about history and you don't get a grade on this please be as accurate as possible... You don't know anything!!!!!
2002-05-09 04:36:10 PM  
Palexc, depends on the country, but I think it's generally less.
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