Today’s read is from Walter Williams who knows a thing or two about education. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University, the author of over 150 publications, and has received numerous fellowships and awards. He has some very disturbing news. First, the tease. Then a link to the column in its entirety.
The Department of Education just released results of the quadrennial National Assessment of Educational Progress tests in U.S. history, civics and geography given in 2018 to thousands of American eighth-graders: “Grade 8 Students’ NAEP Scores Decline in Geography and U.S. History; Results in Civics Unchanged Since 2014.”
The tests were administered from January to March 2018 to a nationally representative sample of 42,700 eighth-graders from about 780 schools. The news is not very good.
In a nutshell, America’s 8th graders are pretty dumb when it comes to these areas.