Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he was disappointed. He said, "These results tell us that, as a country, we are failing to provide children with a high-quality, well-rounded education." It's too bad that Arne Duncan didn't admit that the billions of dollars the federal government has poured into public schools has been a total waste and should be eliminated.
North Carolina state legislators decided to do something about this problem. The North Carolina House Education Committee approved a bill that would require public high schools to teach, and students to pass, a semester-long course on the concepts behind the founding of the United States. Testing would start in the fall of 2014. Students will be tested on what they learned about the due process of law, individual rights and responsibilities, and inalienable rights. The legislators said they believe that the survival of the American republic requires graduating North Carolina students to understand the principles that helped form our country.
What a wonderful idea! I hope this bill will be copied in other states.
Listen to the radio commentary here:
Further Reading: August 2011 Education Reporter