Education: Quis Custodiet...?

It was the teachers' turn to be tested. In Denver, the Rocky Mountain News asked about 100 Colorado public elementary and high-school teachers such questions as who killed Lincoln? What was the Monroe Doctrine? The teachers' average grade: 67 (below passing). Some believed that Aaron Burr assassinated Lincoln, that George Washington wrote the Declaration of Independence, and that the Civil War lasted ten years. Toughest question: Who married Pocahontas? Most teachers said John Smith. Correct answer: John Rolfe.


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