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Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Oracles of Dufi

Does anyone wonder why America is in such a pickle?

(From the Federalist Patriot):

Not only do American high schools fail to educate students about U.S. history and civics, but by the time many students finish college they know even less. That’s the conclusion of ‘the largest statistically valid survey ever conducted to determine what colleges and universities are teaching their students about America’s history and institutions.’ That study, conducted for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute by the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy, surveyed 14,094 college freshmen and seniors at 50 U.S. colleges and universities from Massachusetts to California. It found a stunning ignorance. Seniors scored an average of 53.2 on the 60-question civics test. That’s a big, fat F. More than half of college seniors could not identify the correct century in which the Jamestown colony was founded or name the battle that ended the American Revolution. Truly frightening, more than half also did not know that the Bill of Rights forbids the federal government from establishing a national religion. These are college seniors. Among the institutions whose students were surveyed: Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Michigan. It should go without saying that in a republic, civic education is a fundamental necessity. If even our elite college graduates have no idea what the First Amendment does, the country is in trouble.

New Hampshire Union Leader

Without a sound educational basis, Americans will not understand the fundamentals. This is the liberal strategy; keep the populace poor and stupid, so they, with their brilliant intellect, can tell the dimwitted hillbillies what they should think.

Liberals have a number of tried and tested recruitment methods; they appeal to the lusts of the young (read: the sexual revolution, the drug culture, violent protests etc.), they appeal to envy and covetousness, and they appeal to intellectual pride. The dumbing down of America is important, because it offers the anointed a way to exercise that pride. Since liberals are actually not the sharpest tools in the shed but desperately want to be worshipped, it is necessary for the general public to be hopelessly ignorant to be properly dazzled and easily lead. How can the left maintain their snobbish intellectual overlordship if Americans are wise to their theatrics?

They are the ones who have ruled the educational system in this country for decades; if they are as smart and as bright as they claim, why have their methods failed so miserably?



Anonymous Mike Austin said...

Because the left does not see these things as failures. Their goals have always been the destruction of the family, the separation of Christianity from American ideology and the making of Americans dependent upon the State. They have been wildly successful.

1:34 AM  
Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

You are so right, Mike!

5:33 AM  

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