Failing Education: Only 15% of Eighth Graders Know Much About U.S. History

Article author: 
Dr. Susan Berry
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Article date: 
24 April 2020
Article category: 
Our American Future
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Only 15 percent of eighth graders in the United States scored at or above proficiency level in U.S. history on the 2018 assessments known as the Nation’s Report Card, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) revealed Thursday....

The 2014 results showed 18 percent of eighth graders were at or above the proficiency level in U.S. history....

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called the results on the Nation’s Report Card “inexcusable”:
America’s antiquated approach to education is creating a generation of future leaders who will not have a foundational understanding of what makes this country exceptional. We cannot continue to excuse this problem away. Instead, we need to fundamentally rethink education in America. It is the only way our nation’s students will be in a position to lead our nation and the world.

CAIRCO notes

It is likely that a significant reason for the decline in history proficiency is simply that it is not being taught, and what is taught is being taught with a decidedly leftist / progressive / anti-American spin.