Texas public schools may be attempting to inject extremist right-wing ideals and science denial into curriculums, but, perhaps, it’s time to rethink that terrible idea. A campus group called PoliTech interviewed Texas Tech students for their YouTube show, “Politically Challenged.”
Unfortunately for America, many of the students questioned about basic U.S. history and current politics were blissfully unaware of the answers, but they sure knew a lot about the Jersey Shore. The students interviewed a diverse sampling of the more than 35,000 students enrolled at the school, but ignorance was a constant among the group.
Many of the students, when asked simple questions like, “Who won the civil war,” and “Who did we gain our independence from?” completely failed to come up with an answer. This, unfortunately, is unsurprising given Texas’ penchant for dumbing down the state’s children through revisionist history classes that deemphasize slavery and the civil war in general, and push a clearly conservative agenda.
Since the school boasts that approximately 84 percent of the student population hails from the Lone Star State, this monumental ignorance displayed by the student body serves as an accurate reflection of the effect the Texas Board of Education has on students.
In contrast, the students were able to correctly identify which show Snooki is on, and to whom Brad Pitt is married, and name his former wife.
See for yourself, below, the need for national education standards that force schools to properly educate children: