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How Stupid Are American High School Students?

How stupid are American high school students today?  Unfortunately, the truth is that our government schools are doing a worse job than most parents would dare to imagine.  Not only are most of our high school students completely unprepared for college, the reality is that most of them have not even been equipped with the necessary skills that they need to function at a very basic level in the real world.  Today, a surprising number of high school students are simply unable to fill out a job application, write a readable essay or balance a checkbook.  If you can believe it, 18.6 percent of all men between the ages of 25 and 34 still live with their parents.  In America today there are millions of children that have never grown up.  Our government schools have failed them and we have failed them.  They are spoiled, lazy and have very few skills to contribute to society.  It is a national disgrace.

According to a survey conducted a while back by the National Geographic Society, only 37 percent of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 can find the nation of Iraq on a map of the world.

So how are our young adults supposed to have an informed conversation about what is going on in the world?

Even worse, according to that same National Geographic survey only 50 percent of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 can find the state of New York on a map.

So what in the world are they learning all the time that they are sitting in the classrooms of our government schools?

Posted below is a an excerpt from a recent article on The American Dream that is entitled “Dumb As A Rock: You Will Be Absolutely Amazed At The Things That U.S. High School Students Do Not Know“.  Prepare to be absolutely shocked….

The following are some of the absolutely amazing results of a study conducted a few years ago by Common Core….

*Only 43 percent of all U.S. high school students knew that the Civil War was fought some time between 1850 and 1900.

*More than a quarter of all U.S. high school students thought that Christopher Columbus made his famous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean after the year 1750.

*Approximately a third of all U.S. high school students did not know that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  (This is a topic that I touched on yesterday).

*Only 60 percent of all U.S. students knew that World War I was fought some time between 1900 and 1950.

Even more shocking were the results of a survey of Oklahoma high school students conducted back in 2009.  The following is a list of the questions that were asked and the percentage of students that answered correctly….

What is the supreme law of the land? 28 percent

What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution? 26 percent

What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress? 27 percent

How many justices are there on the Supreme Court? 10 percent

Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? 14 percent

What ocean is on the east coast of the United States? 61 percent

What are the two major political parties in the United States? 43 percent

We elect a U.S. senator for how many years? 11 percent

Who was the first President of the United States? 23 percent

Who is in charge of the executive branch? 29 percent

Can you believe those numbers?

Is there any doubt that public education in the United States has completely and totally failed?

Before you send your kids to another year of government schooling, I encourage you to watch a documentary that was just released entitled “Indoctrination“.  It will really open up your eyes to what is really going on in our government schools.

Sadly, we are rapidly falling behind the rest of the world in education.  At this point, U.S. 15-year-olds do not even rank in the top half of all industrialized nations when it comes to math and science literacy.

So how do we expect to compete with the rest of the world in the future?

The following video is entitled “Lunch Scholars” and in it a bunch of typical American high school students are asked basic questions about our world today.  The ignorance that these high school students display is absolutely frightening.  Yes, this will make you laugh, but a very serious point is being made by this video as well….

So what do all of you think about the state of public education in America today?  Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….

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  • http://www.religioustolerance.org Jay

    I understand that our school system has failed us. I understand that our children need to be taught better. But what does that have to do with religion? There is a separation between church and state that should be, and has to be recognized. The states do the best they can to promote a secular style of teaching, leaving it up to the parents to teach any religious aspect. Which is the way it should be, because there are many different religious views in this country, and children should NOT be indoctrinated to one specific religion. Indoctrination is more about religion, and less about our actual problems in our education system. This nation is not based on Christian values, it is based on moral values that most every religion adheres to. Let’s focus on serious issues, like the questions listed above, which has nothing to do with religion, but everything to do with our lack of educaton in our public shools.

  • JosphConrad

    Common Core reveals the failure of the US primary, secondary and college education systems are totally inadequate to preserve Democracy and economic growth in the nation. The primary reason for this situation is Wealthy Old American White Boys do not, have not and will not pay an appropriate amount of income tax. 0As a consequence, US workers are so poorly educated, U.S. corporations MUST ‘outsource’ millions of jobs.

    More pointedly, most American students and their parents are just to IGNORANT to be hired for anything but the most menial jobs. As a direct consequence of such ignorance, our Economy and Democracy are careening down the Highway to final destruction. An Americans don’t seem to know or care. but the Wealthy do and are ruining the U.S.

    • http://www.facebook.com/karl.schipul Karl Schipul

      but Americans were actually the most literate and entrepeneurial in the world before there was an income tax.

      So, it’s gotta be something else

  • infowarrior

    The 2 post above shows even more stupidness
    of americans. 1. nowhere in the constitution or
    bills of rights is it stated “separation of church and
    state”. It originated from the “federalist papers” and
    was in fact founded on “Christian” principles. School
    children were taught using the Bible as a text book.
    2. This country was founded as a “Republic” not a
    “Democracy”. Big difference between the two.
    While this article starts out pointing out how bad the
    government run schools are doing, the Dept of Education would differ with that by achieving what
    want they want, “The dumming down of America”, which by
    all intent and purposes is their goal.

  • JGre

    Most of that info about how dumb high schools students are is totally inaccurate, well in my case anyways.. I got my GED and didnt even make it past my junior year, and i am still intellegent enough to write an essay and find iraq on a map.. I am from fort wayne and our schools teach us everything we need to know and then some. I dont know where these people did their surveys but it definitely wasnt anywhere near Indiana. This “news” honestly makes me furious whoever wrote this probably graduated in the 80s when you didnt even have to go past algebra 1

    • joanf

      Having graduated high in 1965 in New York State, I was shocked when visiting a website showing all the State Regent Exams that NY students have taken over the years. They have ‘dumbed down’ the tests so much that anyone from my era could easily pass them without breaking a sweat. The 4 year English regents exam always had a reading comprehension module in it where you had to read a short essay and answer questions. Guess what! Now the person overseeing the students taking the exam reads the essay to them.

      • joanf

        By the way, that was ‘high school’ I graduated in 1965. Sorry for the typo.

        • Victoria Smith

          I always knew the test were dumbed down, but reading your comment just summed up how I’ve always felt about it. We are in for a lot of heartache in our country.

    • http://www.facebook.com/karl.schipul Karl Schipul

      you are one person, there are milions of high school students. 1 person is a comparatively statistical drop in the bucket.

  • Jack Atnip Jr.

    If the previous submitter would take the time to read the history of the formation of the USA he would be surprised to learn that the founding fathers made every effort to guarantee that the government would be secular. The founding fathers were not fundamentalist christians.
    After the industrial revolution made it to the US industry taxes funded the public school systems to provide a basically educated work force for the factories. We no longer have an industrial economy therefore the funding has dried up and there is no interest from any other sector to fund it. Realestate taxes were used as the industrial tax base dried up. The anti-tax movement was able to reduce that source as well. This is well illustrated by the California Prop 13 reduction in property taxes. The effect of this action was to take one of the best public K-12 school systems in the country and make it into one of the worst. Good private schools have always been available for those that could afford them in the US. The politicians say that you can’t throw money at the education problem but they all send their kids to expensive private schools.

  • Sampson’s Hair

    JGre, one thing that appears to be lacking in your education is proper punctuation.

  • Alan P

    And we only spend 2x amount per student than any other country. WOW!!!

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  • Required Name

    Have you read – The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America? If not, please do. It was written by former assistant to Department of Education, under Reagan. All points are fully documented and sourced.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Finally, who cares when some dumb war was fought? It’s centuries gone. They’re all long dead. Eventually it will all just be forgotten about, and the nations themselves will dissolve.

    The time will come when nobody will remember who Hitler was.

    Who knows, maybe it would actually be better to forget history and even to erase it.

    • Llaloba Solitaria

      Wow! You sound so ignorant….Don’t you know that history is bound to repeat itself if we don’t forget the lessons of our past? It is not about dates, history is about ideas and philosophy.

  • Steve

    Having just resigned my position as a high school English teacher after just 2 months, I can tell you first hand that students come to school completely unprepared to learn. They haven’t eaten breakfast. The put their heads down on their desk and sleep. Others never stop talking; I mean NEVER. They don’t listen. They are lazy; I had a student in the back of the room ask if she could use the hand sanitizer. I said yes; she asked if I could bring it to her. I said no and told her to get it herself; she whined “why can you get it?” They disrespectful and defiant. They yell foul language across the room. They throw garbage on the floor including all types of junk food wrappers. When you caught them doing something they know they shouldn’t be doing and you call them on it, they lie to your face and say “I didn’t do that; why do you always pick on me!”

    Bottom-line, these spoiled-rotten, fat, lazy, foul-mouthed, attention-disordered, idiots are poorly raised by their “I can’t control them at home either” parents.

    That is why today’s high school students are so dumb.

    • Iva Soukupová

      If I thought you were a “spoiled-rotten, fat, lazy, foul-mouthed, attention-disordered idiot” would you respect me? If you think it’s all their parents’ fault why are you angry with them? In these modern times a teacher’s primary role is not to pass on information but to be a role model they could follow (since they don’t have one at home) and mutual respect is how it’s done. I am a teacher from the Czech republic and my students are very sweet to me. It took some time for us to get to know each other but now i think we are getting on really nicely.

      • Concerned Citizen

        “In these modern times a teacher’s primary role is not to pass on information but to be a role model they could follow”

        – If this attitude isn’t a recipe for academic failure, I don’t know what is. Truly disturbing.

    • Mon

      Are you sure you resigned from the job or were you fired? The way you talk about high school students shows how ignorant you are, and I would know since I am a high school student myself. There are many lazy and spoiled high school students, yes, but it is wrong to generalize us into a category like that. You say you were an English teacher, but you can’t even recognize the logical fallacy you just committed. “Today’s high school students are so dumb.” Are you serious? There are plenty of bright and hard-working students, many of whom I see every single day at school. If you were really a teacher, you wouldn’t dwell on all the negative qualities of students, rather you would see all the potential they have. Please rethink what you’ve just said before posting rude comments like that. Are you sure the students are what cause you trouble, or is it really yourself? Find a way to fix your problems instead of complaining. Thank you.

      • curaecivem

        Maybe you should spend another 5-6 years earning at least a Masters in education, then walk into a roomful of ungrateful idiots called students and see how much you love trying to teach to a mob. Good luck with that. I think Steve is spot on. Cast not ye pearls before swine. Don’t waste your talent and education on these publicly-funded morons. Leave the job to the mediocre teachers who’s own idiocy is well matched to the students they teach.

      • Llaloba Solitaria

        Why don’t you give it a try? I have seen many good people flee from this profession because of the lack of respect and discipline. Of course, it all depends on where one teaches. Try teaching in an inner-city school.

  • Steve

    I realize that I have a couple of typos in my previous response. I quickly typed it off without proofreading. I am still steaming from the abuse I endured over the last couple of months.

  • clothear

    This whole situation is frightening. As a UK educated, unemployed carpenter, I STILL got full marks when I took the mock US citizenship test because I had always been encouraged to learn more than that which was required for imminent day-to-day living. It is a sad indictment that America, the world’s current superpower, should be guilty of not educating large sections of it’s youth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/karl.schipul Karl Schipul

      It is the world’s superpower because of it’s military. You know, guns and force.

      I don’t expect those who dominate with force to behave with much more intelligence than needed to continue dominating via force.

      E.g. we all know that school bullies and mafia thugs dominate, but they aren’t geniuses

  • http://thetruthwins.com kerri

    I voluntarily resigned after 8 years as a public school English teacher, and nearly twenty years as a teacher on the college level. I don’t know how I’m going to make a living (I have no husband), but I do know I can no longer be part of a system that does not lack cash as much as common sense. Yes, there are some truly deprived students who come without any foundation at all, but increasingly this deficiency is not limited to poor socioeconomic background. Students in general are passive, easily “zombie-fied” by technology (and no over-priced computer teacher station will ever, ever replace a teacher who is educated and dedicated), lazy, and vacuous. I do think a primary problem is that every “new and improved” curriculum, pedagogy, etc. is produced by the same group of peopple who have in commmon educational training that replaces true scholarship with bogus drivel. I absolutely swear that every measurement created to meet the standards of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top has a series of loopholes: yes, the states go through all the motions, but statistics can be perceived to say almost anything, and you cannot have “rigor” when administrators overrule teachers, cave to the pressurte of angry parents, and pass a kid anyway. WE are not allowed to give below a 60. That means you can sleep in class, ignore the teacher (yep, it happens), and still get a 60. Take the state test and gain 10 points, and you’re a winner! Give me a break. There is zero accountability for students.
    PS: If I hear one more acronym, I may become ill. No, I forgot…I resigned. I my belly may be hungry, but my conscience will be satisfied.

    • Arthur Schneider

      I am so sorry you reached the end of your rope. US students desperately need knowledgeable and dedicated teachers like yourself, but our pansified K to College system has completely given in to those who think feelings are more important than facts, that gender, race, or sexual orientation status exempts one from having to earn things, and that surface is more important than substance. Rigor is gone and teachers and even professors can’t teach what they know or hold students accountable for anything. Even most university students (I am a professor) have no interest in hard work and instead have the three priorities of getting drunk, getting laid, and getting over on the system. I moved overseas several years ago and haven’t regretted one moment of it. I can do some good in the Middle East, where at least I am respected and paid reasonably well. The US is falling apart and at the heart of this collapse is our crumbling educational system. Young people have all the potential they need, but by the time our school system gets done with them, they value all the wrong things and cannot think their way out of a paper bag. Instead of being super stars as they somehow believe they are just super dumb.

  • Cody Derespina

    If we got rid of all the libtard teachers in the schools and replaced them with proper conservatives then we would have a great school system. The fault lies in the hiring practice so create a political litmus test that only allows right-standing Americans to teach in the schools. That will solve the problem easily!

    • http://www.facebook.com/karl.schipul Karl Schipul

      when what you can do is stringently controlled by the teacher’s union, it does not really matter what your own beliefs are

  • GeorgDec

    Government schools? You mean “publicly funded” schools? You get what you pay for–and the public has cut public school funding for a decade. The elites have fled to private schools–and the middle class has run to charters.
    The American public has “chosen” to defund public schools–that’s what is going on. Plain and simple.
    Oh yes. The tea partiers don’t like government. They love God and guns–but they don’t they care if we live in a dumb country.
    The Sage of Wake Forest

    • http://www.facebook.com/karl.schipul Karl Schipul

      Hi, Georg. “Government funded schools” is actually a better term because it is more precise. The public is a term used to mean the people as an aggregate. The term public can and has been applied to various non governmental things. For example, shopping malls and restaurants are considered by some to be public places.

      Actually, blaming lack of funding makes no sense when the quality of students that come out have declined over the past several decades overall, in spite of funding rising during those times, even factoring in inflation.

      Yes, there have been some minor cuts quite recently, but the fact is that the USA is currently tied with Switzerland for highest spending per student. Yet virtually all the other countries in the west have far more informed and well prepared students than the USA does.

      All you need to know about public schools is how their biggest proponents, typically people in the democratic party, various union people and various people in the left apply them to their own kids: they actually don’t. These folks send their own kids to private schools.

      You know what they say “actions speak louder than words”

    • Catchance

      Some of the highest test scores in the Nation are in the poorest, least-funded states, and vice-versa. Illinois is a perfect example of the latter. Their teachers are some of the highest paid in the U.S., and more than half of their students failed the standardized tests. The truth is, it has nothing to do with money. The family unit or lack thereof is the single biggest reason for whether a child learns or doesn’t, whether he succeeds or not. Government cannot be a substitute for parents.

    • curaecivem

      In a very real sense, they are government schools. All are administered or supervised by a county board, operate on country-owned property, and are funded by taxes collected by the county. Maybe on your planet counties are not political divisions within a state — another political division — but here in the U.S., they are. Since their inception in the U.S., public schools have always been county-based and funded via the taxpayers of that county and their effectiveness has always been at the mercy of county and state governments and the economics therein. But only in recent decades has there been such a degradation of the quality of public K-12 education where so many are required to attend but so few graduate, while so little respect is paid to instructors. If I were a talented teacher, I would leave the U.S. public education scene as fast as I could close the drawer to my desk.

    • Llaloba Solitaria

      Funding is a bottomless pit if you have a student populace which does not care about education because; they aspire to be either professional athletes or rappers, can’t wait to get pregnant, know they will get on welfare like their elders, treat school like a hoochie fashion show, have their pants hanging down below their behinds, and know that it is impossible to suspend a African-American kid because it is statistically un-politically correct.

  • Seamus

    I’m currently in Canadian high school where the situation is not much better. To give you an idea, in grade 7 geography, about half of my classmates couldn’t locate Canada on a map. That’s pathetic. I go to a Catholic school where taking a religion course is mandatory all four years (well, you can opt to take philosophy in grade 12, which I did because I’m sick of learning about the worlds most famous cult). Instead of wasting time with a religion class that teaches you very little practical skills, I recommend the option to be able to take a current affairs class. It would basically be a research intensive course on just basic stuff one should know in life. I would want it to focus on politics and the things mainstream media doesn’t teach you. I find it incredibly frustrating trying to have a conversation regarding politics with someone when they don’t even know what section 1021 of the NDAA is, among many other things. And yes, in the grand scheme of things, I don’t know that much when it comes to American politics, but I sadly still know more about it than 90% of my cohorts, who believe Obama is a pretty solid guy because ABC news said so. I’m in my senior year right now, and am seriously considering starting a school club to just discuss stuff like this, because people should know about what is happening in the world around them.

  • edaso wariso

    oh just do it

  • ari17

    This is so true. I’m also a high school drop-out due to the stupidness that use to go on in our classrooms. Its impossibl to learn when then students are the one who manipulate the teachers

    • http://www.facebook.com/karl.schipul Karl Schipul

      I am really sorry to hear about the troubles you experienced in your life.

    • Llaloba Solitaria

      Teachers are powerless. Administrators get paid more money if the statistics show fewer suspensions. The entire system is corrupt and flawed.

  • Jessica

    I just made the transition to teaching high school from college this school year, and quite frankly I’m not sure how long I will last at it. I agree that students, both HS and college, are waaaaay dumber than they used to be. These kids know NOTHING, not facts, not logic, not behavioral standards, and in many cases not even how to read. The problem does not lie in inadequate funding, poor teacher pay, bad politics, bad home lives, unsupportive parents, or bad teachers. I think many, in fact most, teachers are well educated and dedicated to helping students reach their potential. The real problem is that government and poor administration has castrated teachers to the point that we are unable to hold students accountable for their own failings. If a student fails, it’s just got to be the teacher’s fault-he or she must have failed that student somehow. For example, I recently received a poor teacher eval after an observation of my worst class (FYI, I specifically told my evaluator that it was an awful class, and please not to evaluate me on that particular class as I have three others that are doing very well, but she just showed up one day). One of the things I was cited for was allowing a student to put his head down and sleep without saying anything to him about it. Now, mind you, I have repeatedly told this boy to do his work, stop sleeping in class, DO ANYTHING AT ALL, called his home and spoken with his mother, offered extra help, given extra chances to do his work, etc. at this point, I’m at a loss as to what to do. Another boy in this same class, after realizing he was failing, came to me because he had to get his grades up to play sports. I offered extra credit, allowed him extra time to do some assignments, scheduled time to help him study for his midterm so he could raise his grade (he skipped this in favor of attending an away wrestling match, then asked the next day when he could get that extra help), stressed to him the importance of putting as much effort as possible into a project that was coming due, and allowed him to take the exam over the course of two days in a room free of noise or distraction. Today, students were allowed the opportunity to recoup some lost points on the midterm, even though midterm grades have already been submitted and the scores would go on the next six week grading period. He was angry that I would not immediately score his corrected exam and change his midterm grade so he would be allowed to wrestle, enough that he simply turned and walked out on me after I said “sorry, I’ve already turned in grades, and I’m not changing them now”

    • Jessica

      The students in this class have repeatedly cursed at me, made ugly sexual comments, talk while I am speaking, laugh in my face when told to be quiet or to listen to what others are saying. The class average is 11% below the lowest average of my other three classes and I can only think it is because they refuse to pay attention and don’t actually hear anything I say to them. I dread seeing these kids every single day and dislike most of them very intensely. I feel sorry for the few who actually want to learn French but can’t because the other little assholes in class are just too disruptive. Worst part-according to my evaluator, I’m an ineffective teacher even though the students in all my other classes are doing very well and are actually progressing a lot in their French skills. I feel powerless and embarrassed by the whole situation, but I love my other kids so much I don’t want to give up on teaching just yet. Maybe there’s a way to teach them something in spite of the castrating effects of zero student accountability.

  • Llaloba Solitaria

    Don’t blame the teachers! Blame the Politically Correct Administration that will not permit teachers to eject disruptors from the classroom! Who can learn when we have rude, disobedient, dumb kids who don’t care about education in the room? When I stated teaching, 32 yrs. ago; I asked myself “Do I want my kids to see and hear the vulgarity and rudeness in public schools?” NO! We sent our kids to private Catholic school and there was none of that nonsense there. Miscreants are expelled because the waiting list is a mile long.