What college students don't know about history

  • Article by: Lewis W. Diuguid , Kansas City Star
  • Updated: December 12, 2012 - 7:30 PM

Many seem clueless about the Holocaust, segregation, and other pivotal events of history, professors say.

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jdlellis1Dec. 12, 12 7:52 PM

In school, educators are focused on diversity, tolerance, green, victimhood. Outside of school kids are focused on social networking so as to ensure their brief moment of fame so as to feel they are part of the music, TV, movie and sports industry. Why then are people surprised that the most popular magazine in circulation is "People Magazine" and kids lack critical thinking skills!åç

groover6Dec. 12, 12 8:01 PM

I looks like MN will have to dumb down the history test along with the Math test.

wplettfanDec. 12, 12 8:11 PM

Sorry groover6 there is no history test. The No Child Left Behind testing focus is on Math and Reading, so schools devote less time to History. You get what you ask for.

jjsbrwDec. 12, 12 8:22 PM

groover6Dec. 12, 12 8:01 PM I looks like MN will have to dumb down the history test along with the Math test. ---------------------- If you are talking about the MCA Math test, you should familiarize yourself with the test. It contains the standards higher than just about any state, with the passing line set at a rough ACT equivilent score of around 23-25. Far from being "dumbed down" these state mandated tests (including the MCA-III Test of Reading Comprehension) are written at ever increasing standards. The problem is that those are the test scores that make the front pages of the paper, determine school performance, and, in the future, will probably determine teacher pay. The public is very clear what the instructional priorities are for schools. Where does that leave History instruction?

tomtom02Dec. 12, 12 8:29 PM

Ignorance goes FAR beyond and deeper than mere RACE issues. How do those with knowledge begin to break the mold that under lies the mold that also needs to be broken...?

Douglind33Dec. 12, 12 8:31 PM

As a former history teacher, I can tell you that this small segment of US history isn't the only neglected issue. Matters like WWII and the westward expansion are also victims of wholesale neglect. This mental vacuum will only expand as schools emphasize the performance tests du jur.

bandit228Dec. 12, 12 8:51 PM

This should've been titled "Cranky Connecticut Professor: Kids These Days!".

johnhloydDec. 12, 12 8:53 PM

I wonder how our elected leaders would fare if given a history test... I'd like to see how Michelle would do!!!

ranger78Dec. 12, 12 8:55 PM

Yet another example, this one from academia, of how our schools have dumbed down the nation. In lieu of teaching math, science, economics, history to levels of understanding, our schools have skimmed the surface and passed it off as education and preparing our kids for real life. Yes, parents are partially to blame, but this is living proof that the quality of education and true knowledge of things that matter are sadly and sorely lacking.

kinnickDec. 12, 12 9:04 PM

To much time spent explaining why Johnny has two moms and how to recycle.


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