Monday, July 04, 2011

Do You Know American History?

According to a new Marist Poll, only 58% of Americans know that the United States declared its independence in 1776, while 26% are unsure, and 16% mentioned another date. There are age differences on this question. Younger Americans are the least likely to know the correct answer.

And, for the second year, about one in four Americans doesn’t know from which country the United States declared its independence. While 76% correctly cite Great Britain, 19% are unsure, and 5% mention another country. Again, older Americans were more likely to know the correct answer.

SCATS ~~ I'm sure this has NOTHING to do with the failings of our public school system. It must be those free/reduced lunches ... or maybe the water ;)


Anonymous said...

I think that has much to do with the policy, "No child will be left behind". Kids in school need to know that if you fail, then you need to stay back a year. I witness countless times with the Greece School District pushing kids through to graduate when their grades are nothing more than a failure.

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who has a daughter that will be attending Arcadia as a Junior this coming September. She presently is taking courses during the summer but she will be taking Freshman Science, Math and Social Studies due to she has failed this courses for two straight years, (but she is still advancing to become a Junior in High School). That doesn't make any sense to me at all.

Anonymous said...

I find it disgusting to listening to some of these kids when I am in the food court at the Greece Mall. Just about every word out of their mouth is nothing but filth or vulger. It is obvious that their vocabulary skills are not adequate to present their thoughts or ideas to be communicated to others.

Anonymous said...

HEY don't be badtalking my History Teaching!

Every dam yeer I stand there telling them little empty heads how on July 4th 1776 George Washington stood there in Philadelphia with an overhead projector and projected the Declaration of Independence on a wall so the crowd could see it.

It was a real big event with like more people than in our whole school and some German guy named VonSteuben who was like the hotdog king back then gave everybody free dogs all afternoon.

It ain't my fault the kids don't learn what I teach. Don't make me call my Union Rep SCATS!

Anonymous said...

The revolutionary war and the birth of our nation are part of the 6th grade studies in NY state. They of course continue through the middle school and high school with American and world history. So if they didn't get it in 6th grade they should have to keep repeating. Rinse and repeat...
It would be interesting to have a 75 year old and a 22 year old compete on these facts. Even considering the decline of age, the poll seems to suggest that the history facts are stronger in the elder.
Probably the 22 year old would know the marital status of the Kardashians and Snookie's plans for the 4th.

SCATS said...

To 1:18PM ~~ I bet they know what a GTA union shirt says on it, too ;)

Anonymous said...

To 11:39 - I only wish the GCSD was "pushing" the kids to graduation!

Anonymous said...

I'm a former Greece teacher. I once had an student in eighth grade. His report card consisted of nothing but F's. Guess What? That's right, he was moved on ("promoted"?) to grade 9!

Anonymous said...

I went to St. Lawrence and struggled to pass third grade. I was truly concerned that I was going to need to stay back and be in the same class as my younger sibling. I worked my butt off to get the grades that I needed to move on and did so. I said then, no more fooling around, I just didn't want that kind of stress again. The stress was coming from my parents; No sports, No playing; No T.V.; No games;ect...

I passed every year after with either B's or A's. Parents play a very big role in motivation.

Anonymous said...

We live in a VERY perverted and confused culture that has let this happen to our kids. Parents want to be "friends" or "cool" to their kids instead of being parents. So many kids from broken homes without proper role models, rules, and structure. Just compare the filth, indecency and innapropriate themes on prime time TV to the relative modesty of just a short 20 or so years ago. Our culture thumbs it's nose at time honored marriage between man and woman because we need to be politically correct and treat everyone "equal." This is much bigger than inept public education policies. It the collapse of our culture. We are the Roman Empire all over again.

Anonymous said...

Agree to a point with you but to compare to a Empire going extinct, well not ready to say that yet.

It starts at home and if you don't get involved you are the only one to blame. Hopefully my children will be quoting things I say to them now to their children as I have from my own parents.

Our children are no angels but I can say I heard more adults comment to us that our children are so helpful and respectful to adults and peers vs. how bad they are. So that makes me feel like we are doing something right.


Well they are doing that too! I know my nephew only graduated from Arcadia by mistake this year. He was told he graduated along with his parents and two days later, his final test scores brought him down to a failing 61% instead of the passing 66% they were told.

The school and parents didn't have the heart to tell him and let him graduate anyways. He did not receive his diploma on stage like everyone else but he got up on stage and it appreared he received his diploma like everyone else, he is receiving it in the mail instead.
So even if they fail, they will receive something that says they went to school and graduated with their class.

Anonymous said...

I am a parent who truly believes in the reward system when it comes to grades. You want this, then this is what you need to improve in. When you do this, you will get what you want. You do less than what was agreed upon, then you loose what we gave you, (pretty simple theory).

My parents were more into throwing the fear of GOD into me to get the grades up, it worked but so is my way!

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking that this is more a reflection of our failing culture than our failing school system. This is not just a Greece problem - but a nation wide problem. You can throw all the money you want to at the school systems, but if we don't correct the problem of a culture that does not care about history (or about hard work, responsibility, accountability, etc.) we will continue to have the same problems.

Garbage in, garbage out - but lets waste more of my tax dollars on kids that really need a swift kick in the ass.

Anonymous said...

To blame the school or school board is ridiculous. It starts at home and ends at home. You don't teach your kids to respect, about goal setting, ect... Then they will be nothing more than a loud mouth punk with an IQ to match.

Recently I was in Home Depot and saw two kids being out of control. I took notice to how the parent corrected it. They did nothing until a Manager said something to the kids. Then the parents got involved by getting mad and started to swear at the manager and after that was all done, they took upon themselves to show their authority to the kids. I think they said, " Stop your f_ _ _ ing around or I am going to crack your dumb ass skulls in"! Then they went on to hit and kick at their kids as the kids were swinging back. A show that I would never want to witness again!
Easier solution in my book would be to drop everything and grab your kids and go home. Ground the kids from what they really enjoy doing for the rest of the day and make sure they understand why they are being punished.
I don't believe in hitting my children but I will do what ever is necessary to get their attention and if a smack on the butt is what it takes, then so be it.
I also don't believe in threatening bodily harm to my children or any other child what so ever.
As for yelling at the Manager, well that would of never happened because my kids would be near enough to me that I know what they are doing and saying.
So I too believe that it all starts in the home. Ignorance starts with the parents and carrys on down to the children.

Anonymous said...

My daughter liked to wear low cut shirts and high cut dresses or shorts.
Obviously my wife and I were in disagreement on what should be bought to begin with but every single time I see something like that, I get my permanant black marker out and I draw a line, initial it and a smiley face on a suitable level on my daughter.

She never figured out a good way to get it off right away and ends up not wearing what showed off my art! :)
Now that she is older and has her own children, she is finding that my solution to what I did with her is much easier than getting into a arguments with her own daughter.

What she use to hate, we sit having coffee and smiling about it now as my grandchild goes upstairs to change again!

Anonymous said...

What do you expect when we live in a cow try where a "non-candidate" can get Paul Revere's story all messed up and then claim it was a little known fact about his warning the colonists! Even those who have had positions of leadership and are looking for more can't get it right. Maybe we should have a History Bee instead of a debate with all the candidates.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps we need the people running our schools to set the standards on conduct and dress and * MEAN IT *.