HISTORY, THE BIG MYSTERY: Suzanne Fields says our children don’t know much about American history:
It certainly doesn’t help the situation that more than half the teachers teaching history to junior and senior high school students didn’t major or minor in history in college. That is crucial because, as smart as they might be, they haven’t a conceptual foundation in the subject and probably teach more from someone else’s lesson plans than from deep knowledge – or even from shallow knowledge.
The “Nation’s Report Card” was issued just as a 125-page paperback, “9-11,” by the leftist intellectual Noam Chomsky, became a surprise best-seller, selling over 160,000 copies in the first few weeks. If anyone takes advantage of historical ignorance in interpreting American history, Chomsky does, but lots of people are buying his book. A lot of them would probably have flunked the history test, too.