U.S. Students Fail at Civil Rights Movement Testing

You’re on the clock!  Quick! Who is Medgar Evers?  Who is Rosa Parks?  When was the March on Washington and why did it occur? Who are the Little Rock Nine? What is Brown vs. Board of Education and how does it affect us today? Who is Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair?  How many of you have all the answers to those few questions?

The amount of adults that can answer just these few simple questions related to the Civil Rights Movement is just as instrumental in how many of our young people can’t answer the questions.  This unprecedented study is both insightful and important to the nation’s development.  It has always been said that if you don’t know where you’ve been, you cannot know where you’re going.  And if adults aren’t answering these questions of the Civil Rights Movement they can’t possibly help their children learn the information nor convey the importance of knowing it.

According to PR Newswire, the study “Teaching the Movement: The State of Civil Rights Education in the United States 2011″ was conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Teaching Tolerance program and includes a forward by the first president of the SPLC and  former NAACP Chair,  Julian Bond. The study investigated “standards and curriculum requirements related to the study of the modern civil rights movement for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”

What does it say about us when 35 of the 50 states did not pass?  It does explain a lot about the political climate and/or voice of the nation and how and why an organization like the Tea Party can pop up.  This lack of intelligence has maintained a division of people and  bamboozled a nation.  Read more on the story here.

-J.C. Brooks

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