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    Re: 75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the

    Wasn't the first president a angry white warmongering bourbon brewing traitorous slave driver?
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    mad Re: 75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the

    The title of this thread should be:

    "75% of Government Indoctrination Center Prisoners Can't Name the First President [...]"

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    Re: 75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Wasn't the first president a angry white warmongering bourbon brewing traitorous slave driver?
    Actually, I have never found any proof that Peyton Randolph, our first President, ever owned slaves.

    Nor that he was a distiller, nor was he in the military. While he was from Virginia, he was a lawyer and politician, not a plantation owner.
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    Re: 75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the

    I guess this must be true about all Americans then.

    Steven Shehori: Poll: 37% of Americans Unable to Locate America on Map of America

    Washington, D.C. -- According to a Gallup/Harris poll released Monday, a full 37 percent of American citizens are incapable of identifying their home country on a map of the United States.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: 75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the

    I bet if you put this poll on Facebook or Myspace with a catchy title like "Are you smarter than an immigrant?" Plenty of kids would be happy to participate!

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    Re: 75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the

    I think there's also a very strong "what's in it for me, screw this test" factor.

    What's an individual's incentive to answer correctly? None!

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    Re: 75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the

    Quote Originally Posted by JakeFromWI View Post
    See it at 75 Percent of Oklahoma Students Can't Name the First President.

    This real folks, and no one seems to mind....

    The majority of Americans are against health care reform you say?

    The majority of Americans don't know who George Washington is either...

    I got a kick out of this anectode regarding the students in one of the most conservative states in America as well:

    "About 92 percent of the people who take the citizenship test pass on their first try, according to immigration service data. However, Oklahoma students did not fare as well. Only about 3 percent of the students surveyed would have passed the citizenship test."

    11 percent also thought the two major political parties in the US were Communists and Republicans. Source: Here
    Wow, nothing like broad-brushing and making gross generalizations that are pretty much unrelated to each other.

    This story is more of an indictment of government education than anything else. And no, more money will not fix it.

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    Re: 75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the

    Quote Originally Posted by JakeFromWI View Post
    See it at 75 Percent of Oklahoma Students Can't Name the First President.

    This real folks, and no one seems to mind....

    The majority of Americans are against health care reform you say?

    The majority of Americans don't know who George Washington is either...

    I got a kick out of this anectode regarding the students in one of the most conservative states in America as well:

    "About 92 percent of the people who take the citizenship test pass on their first try, according to immigration service data. However, Oklahoma students did not fare as well. Only about 3 percent of the students surveyed would have passed the citizenship test."

    11 percent also thought the two major political parties in the US were Communists and Republicans. Source: Here
    lol!

    that 11% is a credit to the hard work of republicans.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: 75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    lol!

    that 11% is a credit to the hard work of republicans.
    Let's chalk the 75% of Oklahoma kids who don't know who George Washington is up to the NEA, while we're at it ...

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    Re: 75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    -Many kids were obviously just ****ing with the pollsters. Do you think that kids actually believed that Michael Jackson wrote the Declaration of Independence?
    OK, that indicates that 2% are ****ing with the pollsters.

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC
    Or that a full 10% of the state believes that the first president was GWB or Obama?
    I wouldn't be at all surprised if they did, honestly.

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC
    -Some of the questions are just plain wrong - The governor is the head of a executive branch.
    Combine the two correct answers (president and governor) and that's still only 39%.

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC
    I say the same thing every time someone comes out with one of these "omg our youth are so dumb!!!!111" surveys. The secret truth that olds don't want you to know is that despite all this, today's youth are by and large significantly smarter and more talented than any previous generation.
    I think you'd find roughly the same results if you conducted this survey on adults instead of just high school students. It's not so much a matter of YOUTH being dumb...it's a matter of most people being dumb. And they definitely are.
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