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    If you argue against liberals, you'll be familiar with the old and incessantly repeated adage: 'you need to educate yourself.'

    Well, seemingly they do.

    Findings from a 12 year study by Professor Duke Pesta of the University of Wisconsin determine most American students believe slavery was invented in America and is an exclusively American phenomenon.

    29 out of one segment of 32 were aware that Jefferson owned slaves, but only 3 from the same segment knew he had been President. "Their entire education about slavery was confined to America."

    The study was conducted across 6 Universities. Pesta concludes: “They came to college without the basic rudiments of American history or Western culture and their reading level was pretty low.”

    Pesta said he believes these students were given an overwhelmingly negative view of American history in high school, perpetuated by scholars such as Howard Zinn in “A People’s History of the United States,” a frequently assigned textbook.

    “They cannot tell you many historical facts or relate anything meaningful about historical biographies, but they are, however, stridently vocal about the corrupt nature of the Republic, about the wickedness of the founding fathers, and about the evils of free markets,” Pesta said. “Most alarmingly, they know nothing about the fraught history of Marxist ideology and communist governments over the last century, but often reductively define socialism as ‘fairness.’”

    Pesta also noted early on “blissful ignorance was accompanied by a basic humility about what they did not know.” But over time he said he increasingly saw “a sense of moral superiority in not knowing anything about our ‘racist and sexist’ history and our ‘biased’ institutions.”

    “As we now see on campus,” Pesta said, “social justice warriors are arguing that even reading the great books of Western culture is at best a micro-aggression, and at worst an insidious form of cultural imperialism and indoctrination.”

    Pesta, an outspoken critic of Common Core, said he believes that these attitudes will become more pronounced moving forward, due to Common Core architect David Coleman’s rewrite of Advanced Placement America and European history standards.

    Pesta argues that Coleman, now president of the College Board, “has further politicized the teaching of history, reducing the story of Western culture to little more than a litany of crimes, exploitations, and genocides, while simultaneously whitewashing the history of ideologies like socialism and communism.”

    Perhaps we can add this to 63% of 'educated liberal students' being unaware of the date of the EU referendum one month before it took place, or 76% of students determining they'd ban views which "offend" them?
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    (Original post by The Last Citizen)
    Findings from a 12 year study by Professor Duke Pesta of the University of Wisconsin determine most American students believe slavery was invented in America and is an exclusively American phenomenon.
    Where is this study? The article you linked doesn't provide a link to anything. Or are we just supposed to take what Pesta says as fact without any evidence of methodology, etc?

    Pesta said he believes these students were given an overwhelmingly negative view of American history in high school, perpetuated by scholars such as Howard Zinn in “A People’s History of the United States,” a frequently assigned textbook.
    No, Zinn is not "frequently assigned". Actual hard data finds it appears pretty rarely in US high schools.

    Also, it's worth a Google of this Duke Pesta guy. A John Bircher and, more significantly, is an academic director for some group called "FreedomProject Education" - which a quick look reveals is one of those Christian right pseudoeducation orgs (Creationism, Biblical stories taught in 'History' lessons, etc). Which pretty much destroys any credibility he might have to criticise what is taught in schools.
 
 
 
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