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Schieffer: A history lesson on education - CBS News

Schieffer: A history lesson on education - CBS News

Schieffer: A history lesson on education

By
Bob Schieffer
(CBS News)

Here's an item that caused hardly a ripple in last week's news cycle, but I wish it had: A national test showed only 12 per cent of our high school seniors had a solid grasp of American history.

Tested on seven subjects, including math and science, America's high school seniors scored lowest on American history.

Experts cited various reasons, but Education Secretary Arne Duncan said it best: We are failing to give our children a well-rounded education, which may be the understatement of the year.

Our schools are a mess, and have been since the days when we got good teachers on the cheap, because teaching was one of the few professions open to women.



Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/06/19/ftn/main20072398.shtml#ixzz1PmOjOBiY

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