A Bad Case of National Amnesia – Rich Lowry – National Review Online

A Bad Case of National Amnesia – Rich Lowry – National Review Online.

A Bad Case of National Amnesia
The teaching of history in this country is woeful.

The Declaration of Independence is a poor excuse for an obscure historical document. It’s not Magna Carta or the Peace of Augsburg. Its name is so straightforwardly functional, it almost makes you wonder why the founders weren’t more imaginative.

Yet only 35 percent of American fourth-graders know the purpose of the Declaration of Independence, according to the 2010 results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The findings of the test — administered to representative samples of fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-graders — are another dreary recitation of the historical ignorance of America’s students.

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