n a scientific survey of 1,168 adults conducted during September and October of last year, respondents were asked not only multiple-choice questions, but also queries using maps, photographs and symbols. Among other subjects, participants identified international leaders, cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, nations on a world map, the current unemployment and poverty rates and war casualty totals.
In a 2010 Pew survey, Republicans outperformed Democrats on 10 of 12 questions, with one tie and Democrats outperforming Republicans on just 1 of the 12. In the latest survey, however, Republicans outperformed Democrats on every single one of 19 questions.
Amusingly, the Pew report attempted to soften the stark partisan knowledge disparity:
“Republicans generally outperformed Democrats on the current quiz. On 13 of the 19 questions, Republicans score significantly higher than Democrats and there are no questions on which Democrats did better than Republicans. In past knowledge quizzes, partisan differences have been more muted, though Republicans often have scored somewhat higher than Democrats.”
“Generally outperformed?” “Somewhat higher?” That’s a curiously charitable way to describe the surveys, which went from previous blowouts to a complete shutout in the latest edition.
Those Pew results are confirmed by some surprising other sources. According to a New York Timesheadline dated April 14, 2010, “Poll Finds Tea Party Backers Wealthier and More Educated.” Shattering widespread myths, that survey revealed that Tea Party supporters were more likely to possess a college degree than their counterparts (23% to 15%), and also more likely to have completed post-graduate studies (14% to 10%). Tea Partiers were also more likely to have completed “some college” by a 33% to 28% margin, and substantially less likely to have not completed high school than non-supporters (3% versus 12%), or to possess only a high school degree (26% versus 35%)…
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Maybe Republicans oppose federal spending on education because the federal government role is not to oversee education.
Case in point: Prior to 1979, America was one of the, if not the, leading countries in education. American children were known for leading the world in quality public education. American teachers were looked at as the best in the world. Since 1979, each year our educational system has degraded, our students dumber and our teachers worse.
Why? What happened in 1979?
Why, the federal government got their grubby hands on the US public education system and created the Department of Education.
Where, before, teachers could write their own lesson plans, teach each student in the most effective ways, teachers are now being given instructions on how to teach and what to teach. Students aren’t learning what they need to learn..they’re just taught to regurgitate what is on ‘the test’…and on the test preparing them for the test.
Like everything that Big Government touches, ingenuity and creativity is pushed aside for regulation and conformity. Schools, once the gardens for nurturing thinking and expression are little more than mills turning out the next generation of slow thinking meat-puppets who are unable to question anything because they have been bred and trained that the government, those holy guardians of the school purse strings, are all-knowing and ‘intellectually elite’.
You want to improve the US education system? Get the government out of it.