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Santorum: Poor History Scores A Result Of ‘Conscious Effort’ By ‘The Left’ To Keep Students Uninformed

By Judd Legum on June 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

"Santorum: Poor History Scores A Result Of ‘Conscious Effort’ By ‘The Left’ To Keep Students Uninformed"

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ThinkProgress filed this report from Ames, Iowa.

According to a national test released last week, “just 13 percent of high schools seniors” demonstrated proficiency in U.S. history. Speaking to the Story County GOP Central Committee in Ames, Iowa, presidential candidate Rick Santorum attributed the poor scores to a leftist plot to keep students in the dark about U.S. history so they don’t learn American values:

We don’t even know our own history. There was a report that just came out last week that the worst subject of children in American schools is — not math and science — its history. It’s the worst subject. How can we be a free people. How can we be a people that fight for America if we don’t know who America is or what we’re all about. This is, in my opinion, a conscious effort on the part of the left who has a huge influence on our curriculum, to desensitize America to what American values are so they are more pliable to the new values that they would like to impose on America.

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As ThinkProgress has repeatedly documented, the right-wing is systematically manipulating and distorting history textbooks to match their ideological agenda.

That’s not to suggest that these changes are primarily responsible for the low scores. Sue Blanchette of the National Council for social studies attributes the poor student performance the fact that “history education has been marginalized in the last decade.”

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