The know-nothing party
Good lead to AP story:
Apparently the truths in the Declaration of Independence aren’t so self-evident.
When Rep. Roger Wicker asked high school seniors in his Mississippi district to name some unalienable rights, he got silence. So the Republican congressman gave the advancement-placement history students some help.
“Among these are life,” Wicker said, “and….”
“Death?” one student said.
Wicker is sponsoring a bill to improve civics and U.S. history instruction.
I’m not hopeful. The AP story focuses on social studies teachers at the National Education Association convention in New Orleans. They’re saying the same old stuff:
So teachers try to find a way to make history contemporary, to make a civics lesson out of a struggle students care about. Like fighting for a skateboard park or the right to wear hats in school. In short: any lesson they’ll take with them.
“I always tell my students: If I see you in the grocery store five years from now, I will not measure my success on can you tell me Hamilton’s financial plan, but can you tell me if you voted,” Meredith Elliott, an American studies teacher in Utah, said during a round-table discussion at the NEA convention. “If you answer yes, then I’ve succeeded as a teacher.”
The bar is set way too low. Why not aim for informed voters? Informed about more than how to agitate for privileges.