04 October 2018

Older Americans Received a Better Education

I've participated in a number of online debates about the dismal state of American education these days. One of my frequent points is the *shameful performance of "experts" in a bloated, top heavy education system. Case in point:

National Survey
Finds Just 1 in 3 Americans Would Pass Citizenship Test

Just a third of Americans can pass a multiple choice "U.S. Citizenship Test," fumbling over such simple questions as the cause of the Cold War or naming just one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for.

And of Americans 45 and younger, the passing rate is a tiny 19 percent, according to a survey done for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
The disparity of scoring among the age groups is what interested me:
Surprisingly, the poll found stark gaps in knowledge depending on age. Those 65 years and older scored the best, with 74 percent answering at least six in 10 questions correctly. For those under the age of 45, only 19 percent passed with the exam, with 81 percent scoring a 59 percent or lower.
Surprisingly? I wasn't at all surprised. The demographic scoring the highest were, for the most part, educated in schools that had not yet been taken over by bureaucrats in Washington, universities and state capitols. Schools were, at that time, much more in the control of local citizens and parents ("non-experts"). Remember this the next time an "expert" talks down to you because of their "expertise" in education. Tell them to "follow the evidence"; which is what they claim to do - unless they don't like where it leads. Homeschooling, for example.

*As always, I fault politicians, bureaucrats and administrators for this state of affairs. There are many teachers doing the best they can within a system that is working against their best efforts. The proof is in the puddin'. Just follow the evidence.

Also, my family is heavily involved in education. My oldest daughter has a BS degree in history and is state certified to teach in Virginia. However, she has chosen to homeschool her 4 daughters. My next oldest daughter is a teacher in a private school. My youngest 2 daughters homeschool their children. My youngest son and his wife homeschool their 3 children. My wife and I homeschooled 4 of our 6 children and we were both active in local 4H clubs.  I have street cred.


Jorge Maspons said...

My wife and I homeschooled our daughter, she can compete with the best. She and I desaigned a citizenship test, but of course, it was just for fun. 100 questions, many politically incorrect. When I started college after the US Army service I saw American born students sent back for remedial clases and I, a Cuban was passing them up.
Thank you for this report and by the way, your newsletters still comes to my old email. When you can please change my e mail to playaguanabo@gmail.com

Jorge Maspons,Louisiana Sugar King

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Jorge - thanks for the comment!