If there was ever a movie to make you laugh to keep from crying, it's this one.
Austin, an intrepid young student-reporter, embarks on the noble mission of answering the question, "How much basic knowledge do American high school students really have?" The answer, however, may not be exactly what you want to hear.
"Do you know the vice president of the United States?" Austin asks.
"I don't know who it it's, it's, it's somebody....Bin Ladin," one student responds.
The video continues in similar fashion, asking everything from, "In what war did America gain independence?" (which no one answered correctly without a hint) to "What countries border America?"
Comedy aside, the United State's poor international rankings in subject proficiencies such as math is a problem that could cost the country around $75 trillion over 80 years, according to a study called "Globally Challenged: Are U.S. Students Ready to Compete?"
Based on the research, U.S. students place behind 31 other countries in math proficiency, and behind 16 other countries in reading.
Paul Peterson, a Harvard government professor, notes the effect this could have on the economy.
"If we're going to grow at the rate that we hope to grow at to address the many issues that exist in our society, we need to have a powerful educational system that is producing a highly proficient workforce," Peterson told HuffPost in October.
Finland shocked the world with their scores on the 2000 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) --an international exam for 15-year-olds where it ranked first for reading proficiency. By 2009, the country inhabited the top of the roster in reading, second in science and sixth in math.
A 2010 study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed the U.S. history testing scores are "stagnant," with only 9 percent of fourth graders correctly identifying a photograph of Abraham Lincoln and stating two reasons for his importance.
Lee White, executive director of the National History Coalition, says the problem stems from history's place in American curriculum.
"They've narrowed the curriculum to teach to the test. History has been deemphasized," he said. "You can't expect kids to have great scores in history when they're not being taught history."
Thank God, these were examples of "white kids", not knowing basic information, and not "black kids". Folks 'round here, are so quick to point out the failings of black kids, when their own houses aren't in order. I'm jus' sayin'.- poet. Watch Yurt or Webbway post a counter video.
Go ahead. Keep fucking with me.
The effect its had on the economy ? Hell, look at the effect its had on government.......Obama is president and Mr. Pointy Pinhead Biden is VP......
Washington in eyeball deep in numbskull minorities that we call gurus....making more money than they ever saw in their private lives......
and the craziness goes on and on.....
The dumbing down of America is endangering the nations very existence as we've known it.......
Its a downward spiral of stupidity causing liberalism, liberalism empowering Democrats and Democrats supporting more stupidity.....
Naturally, our resident racist would leave this comment....
Black kids can't even name their own fathers let alone historical figures......they're taught MLK is the son of god......and thats about it for history......they think Europe is a city and all whites are"Thank God, these were examples of "white kids", not knowing basic information, and not "black kids". Folks 'round here, are so quick to point out the failings of black kids, when their own houses aren't in order. I'm jus' sayin'.- poet. Watch Yurt or Webbway post a counter video"
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Do you blabber, bluster, and blow smoke ?...then you're likely a Democrat
Do you use 'strawman' arguements 95% of the time ?....then you're likely a Democrat
Do you parrot the party talking points everyday ?....then you're likely a Democrat
Do you ever think for yourself ? If not.....then you're likely a Democrat
cue white poet:
you're a racist because this video shows white people. you just want white people to look dumb you racist mothu facker.l
Thank God, these were examples of "white kids", not knowing basic information, and not "black kids". Folks 'round here, are so quick to point out the failings of black kids, when their own houses aren't in order. I'm jus' sayin'.- poet.
What a race-baiter you are. And what the fuck are all the extra commas for in your writing? You need some schoolin', boy
Public schools suck because the whole system is run by liberal progressives.
sadly, I can throw my two stepkids right in to this movie.
You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence. —CHARLES A. BEARD
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. - Patrick Henry
All the gotcha's aside, we of the Holy Trinity have been telling you that Americans are a bunch of retarded proles for quite some time now. This should NOT come as a shock to anyone on the board.
Threedee, Exalted Member, Holy Trinity
"It [the draft] is duty rather than slavery. I part with the author on the caviler idea that individual freedom (whatever that may be to the person) leads to nirvana, anyone older that 12 knows that is BS."
-Midcan5 (liberals on freedom)
"Allow me to masturbate my patriotism furiously and publicly at this opportunity."
-Ib1yysguy (liberals on honoring fallen soldiers)
"There is no 'equal opportunity' today unless the government makes it so."
-apple0154 (liberals on constitutionalism)
this is nothing new, the tonight show use to do this with adults in the 80's. They were are just as dumb.
But rant on about education you lunatics.
The paths were walking on
They crumble behind us
as if the parents are smarter postmoderSandusky
The paths were walking on
They crumble behind us