Borders bemoans basic ignorance of American political facts

The latest edition of Max BordersIdeas Matter update features a video depicting high school students’ poor command of basic knowledge about U.S. politics and geography.

This video is probably supposed to be funny. But it’s not. Not at all. When a generation has lost its connection to the institutions that made its country great and prosperous, that generation is on its way to losing those institutions. This is what the U.S. public education system has wrought. Is it by design? …

… I believe there is a deliberate attempt by operatives in the public education establishment to deemphasize and eventually purge our national understanding of the American Founding, including its principles, institutions and virtues. One could explain this generational lack of civic literacy the same way one explains low performance in other areas like math and reading. That is, we could argue that the government is simply bad at teaching everything, not just civics.

But there is too much anecdotal evidence out there, which suggests there is an ongoing, systematic attempt to keep the next generation ignorant of the Founding in order to prime them for an agenda that looks nothing like the institutions upon which the U.S. was founded.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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