Diane Ravitch, an education historian who was invited by the national assessment’s governing board to review the results, said she was particularly disturbed by the fact that only 2 percent of 12th graders correctly answered a question concerning Brown v. Board of Education, which she called “very likely the most important decision” of the United States Supreme Court in the past seven decades.
Students were given an excerpt including the passage “We conclude that in the field of public education, separate but equal has no place, separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” and were asked what social problem the 1954 ruling was supposed to correct.“The answer was right in front of them,” Ms. Ravitch said. “This is alarming.”
Sadly, with the way this country is leaning toward gutting everything public, one can expect this to get worse. Privatizing education (as opposed to actually attending a private school, built and supported by private money) is just a goal of right wing zealots that hope to push the "stupid" agenda higher, but for profit. There is such a lack of desire to produce educated adults out of our children. But with the constant onslaught of media, little screen and big screen, pushing out crap, distortions and outright lies, it's no wonder that being stupid can still get you a job in America.