Teaching to the Test, But Not to Live


This just in, "First amendment no big deal, students say". Quoting:

Yet, when told of the exact text of the First Amendment, more than one in three high school students said it goes "too far" in the rights it guarantees. Only half of the students said newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of stories.

In sum, this is what happens when students are taught only what's on a test. Most of the big tests in high school like the SAT, ISTEP (graduation qualifying test here in Indiana), etc. primarily focus on math, English, and maybe science, but make no mention of civics, government, or even philosophy. The subjects that matter unless you don't mind living in an Orwellian wet-dream.

My first proposal for a question on goverment is: what's the proper function of government?

Now find me a high school student who can get that right.

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