Failing our students
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Dear Editor:

The results of a citizenship exam administered to American citizens by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation showed 74 percent of those over age 65 passed, but only 19 percent under 45 could do so.

Historian David McCullough told The Wall Street Journal, "we're raising young people who are, by and large, historically illiterate."

The reason colleges have dumbed down their classes, reduced the amount of required work and generally abandoned academic rigor is because they have shifted their prime missions from education to retention.

A sampling of college course offerings provides a clue why the generations coming out of our schools do not know our past, and do not who we are or what we have done as a people.

We have neglected to teach the essence of America. Self-reliance and individualism shaped our history and character. Executive orders and so-called "authorities" who impose regulation through unconstitutional government edicts have usurped the Constitution.

The result is an acceptance — even an embrace — of a growing police state in exchange for a life of government handouts.

Sincerely,

Ed Konecnik

Flushing

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