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Robert Namer
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September 18, 2023

     The liberals must be uprooted.  We’re back where we started, in other words, with billions of taxpayer dollars spent and literally less than zero to show for it.

     Shed a tear for the American Experiment. The NAEP civics scores have been mediocre from the start, but had shown signs of upward movement this century. Then came the pandemic, and mass school closures. The result? In civics, 79% are below the “proficient” benchmark.  Only 2% are advanced. In history, 86% of students scored below proficient, and only 1% scored advanced. The history scores have actually been slipping down since 2014, well before COVID. Blame the growing emphasis on woke nonsense over actual instruction.  Indeed, poisonous ideologies like critical race theory teach kids that America itself is irredeemably evil. 

     Can you think of a better way to destroy any interest in — let alone of love of — country among kids?The dismal NAEP results on reading and math, released weeks ago, are bad enough. They mean that our schools are failing our kids, who will enter adult life unprepared to succeed. The civics and history scores suggest that the basic fabric of American democracy is eroding. Apathy and ignorance are not compatible with a participatory democracy. They cede the field to the kind of hucksters and charlatans — from Trump to AOC — that characterize our contemporary politics. 

     Teachers unions and educrats won’t demand anything like real instruction. Turning this disaster around is up to Americans who actually care about education — and democracy.  Indeed, here’s a test to try at home: Next time a politician (cough, Joe Biden) pontificates on “threats to our democracy,” listen for even a mention of this one. 

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