Glenn’s book CONFORM: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education focuses a lot on the dangers of a nationalized set of standards, but it also takes a look at the problems that plague our public education system more generally. Perhaps there is no greater indication of the failure of American education than a video aired on The O’Reilly Factor earlier this week.
On Memorial Day 2014, O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Watters headed to a Long Island beach to ask beachgoers basic U.S. history questions like “Who did America fight in the Revolutionary War?” and “What was the Civil War about?”
Needless to say, the answers will make your head explode.
Watch the video via Fox News below:
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“We know our educational system is bad, right? But if you asked simple questions about the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, you would think that we would know [the answers],” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Here is the stunning result.”
“This is why I insist the voting age be raised to 35 years old,” Pat joked. “This is pretty telling as to why the youth voted for Obama.”
“Seriously, how do you graduate from the 5th grade not knowing any of that stuff,” Glenn asked. “You are a slave to whatever it is someone tells you… We don’t everybody know our own history. Here’s the good news. The people who have designed the system that is teaching our kids this, they have a new idea, and it’s even better. It’s called Common Core. If you think that was bad, now we have Common Core. They’ll know Che [Guevara]. They won’t know the truth and Che, but they’ll know Che. They won’t know George Washington.”