So you think Universities are educating you child – Think Again

American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) study — “No U.S. History? How College History Departments Leave the United States out of the Major,” based on requirements and course offerings at 75 leading colleges and universities, found that “the overwhelming majority of America’s most prestigious institutions do not require even the students who major in history to take a single course on United States history or government.” Often “microhistories” are offered to history majors at schools that require these majors to take no U.S. history course: “Modern Addiction: Cigarette Smoking in the 20th Century” (Swarthmore College), “Lawn Boy Meets Valley Girl” (Bowdoin College), “Witchcraft and Possession” (University of Pennsylvania).

ACTA-commissioned survey found that less than half of college graduates knew that George Washington was the commanding general at Yorktown; nearly half did not know that Theodore Roosevelt was important to the construction of the Panama Canal; more than one-third could not place the Civil War in a correct 20 year time span or identify Franklin Roosevelt as the architect of the New Deal; 58 percent did not know that the Battle of the Bulge occurred in World War II; and nearly half did not know the lengths of the terms of U.S. senators and representatives.

So much for ‘Higher’ education in America.

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