Education: Report Card

¶ Pulitzer Prizewinning Historian R. Carlyle Buley (The Old Northwest, Pioneer Period, 1815-1840) of Indiana University gloomily reported the results of an informal American history quiz he gave 90 of his students. Of the 90, only eight could identify the Bill of Rights, only four knew what a right-to-work law is, only 15 came anywhere near estimating the population of the U.S., and none could name a scholarly history of the country or an author who had written one. The best showing: 18 could describe the progressive income tax. But, said Historian Buley,...

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