They Start 'Em Early
This kind of story makes me glad to not be teaching just now:
Last week, however, a freshman in my 300-seat US History Since 1865 course came in to discuss her exam with one of the graders and proceeded to work herself into a semi-hissy over the fact that we had spent four class periods(one of them consisting of a visit from Taylor Branch) discussing the civil rights movement.
"I don't know where he's getting all of this," she complained,"we never discussed any of this in high school."
One might have let the matter rest here as simply an example of a high school history teacher's sins of omission being visited on the hapless old history prof. had the student not informed the TA in an indignant postcript, " I'm not a Democrat! I don't think I should have to listen to this stuff!"
It's a very sad story, and speaks volumes about our country. Educational standards have been in decline for 100 years, but the sharp downward turn they've taken in the last 20-30 years are finally starting to have an impact. With decent public education, Bush never would've happened.
I'll bet a dollar she was parochially schooled.