Posted by: rotenochsen | December 9, 2008



Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” —Ronald Reagan

The learned writer Cal Thomas has a posting in today’s version of the Patriot Post that addresses the problem Great Britain has with Muslim Mosques and Imams.He notes that those identified as teaching terrorist propaganda in their Mosques have been attempted to be deported with little success, because of the Civil Rights groups concerns for the radical Imams. More so then the potential targets of the terrorist.

He wrote; “What is needed in Britain — and America — is a change in the thinking that naively believes that simply exposing foreign nationals to our way of life means they will ‘catch’ it as they might the flu.

Allowing immigrants from nations in which the dominant religion mandates the forced subordination of every other faith (or no faith) and their subjugation through state power under Sharia law, increases the likelihood of more attacks. At the very least, all non-Western immigrants to Britain and America should be told prior to their arrival that our intention is to westernize them. They must learn English, study and embrace the history of their host nation…. Once war begins, victory is the only acceptable outcome. The goal of the terrorists is victory. If Britain and America settle for less, they will get less, which is defeat.”

I agree with Mr. Thomas premise, but the “fly in the ointment” is the fact that native born American children do not even get a basic education of American History and Civics anymore! Revisionist history and One World concepts have replace American History, and forget punctuation and correct spelling!

The classes are filled with damning accounts of OUR history thatmake children believe that American history is filled with slavery, imperialism and all manner of detestable things that leave the little “heads full of receptive brain cells” believing their Country is bad!

The Intercollegiate Institute found that Americans Fail a Basic Test on Their History and Institutions in the third major study conducted by ISI on the kind of knowledge required for informed citizenship.
In 2006 and 2007, ISI published the first ever scientific surveys of civic learning among college students. Each year, approximately 14,000 freshmen and seniors at 50 schools nationwide were given a 60-question, multiple-choice exam on basic knowledge of America’s heritage.

Both years, the students failed. The average freshman scored 51.7% the first year and 51.4% the next. The average senior scored 53.2%, then 54.2%. After all the time, effort, and money spent on college, students emerge no better off in understanding the fundamental features of American self-government.
Even more appalling is that their testing determined that Fewer than half of all Americans can name all three branches of government, a minimal requirement for understanding America’s constitutional system! Even more alarming is the fact that
Only 24% of college graduates know the First Amendment prohibits establishing an official religion for the United States! Less than one in five know that the phrase “a wall of separation” between church and state comes from a letter by Thomas Jefferson. Almost half incorrectly believe it can be found in the Constitution!

And the people who would pass the laws that could require immigrants to learn basic Constitutional and Civic facts have apparently less knowledge than the general public. On average, they score 44%, five percentage points lower than non-officeholders.
Thirty percent of elected officials do not know that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are the inalienable rights referred to in the Declaration of Independence!

This ISI —”Our Fading Heritage: Americans Fail a Basic Test on Their History and Institutions”,demonstrates that Americans today expect no less from our colleges than the founders did. A majority believes that colleges should prepare citizen leaders by teaching America’s heritage. And with the cost of education they have a right to expect a return for their investment
It also demonstrates that colleges are not fulfilling this mission. Americans fail the test of civic literacy—even if they have a bachelor’s degree.

For too long, America’s colleges and universities have been evaluated not on their actual academic performance, but primarily on their past prestige and endowments. Now that the verdict of failure is in, and with tuition’s continuing to skyrocket, it is time for leaders inside and outside of the American learning institutions with a stake in the future of American education to get to work addressing the shortcomings documented in ISI’s civic literacy reports, if they even care?

And President-elect Obama’s promise to put computers in the hands of all students will not reverse this trend, only a revamping of priorities and reworking of curriculum’s from kindergarten to grade 12 will put us on the right track.
We must rid our schools of multi-culturism ,political correctness and the Leftist slant in teaching of our great history.


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