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Why kids know little about history

The latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress history tests are beyond depressing, with only 12 percent of 12th-graders earning "proficient" scores and only 35 percent of fourth-graders knowing the purpose of the Declaration of Independence. "For all we spend on public education, you'd think kids would at least learn basic history," tweeted conservative media mogul Steve Forbes in response. But it's hard for students to be ready for infrequent NAEP history tests, given all the emphasis on the federally mandated No Child Left Behind math and reading tests. "What gets measured, gets taught," Sue Blanchette, president-elect of the National Council for Social Studies, told the Wall Street Journal.

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