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Sep. 17 2009 - 1:54 am | 618 views | 2 recommendations | 19 comments

Understatement: ‘Oklahoma Students Fail’

These are results from the Oklahoma council of Public Affairs. Looks like they gathered the time to ask 1,000 high school students 10 generic questions. The results set the Idiocracy Gauge on fire.

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Here is how the Local news reported on the disaster.


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    If HS students aren’t being graded, 75% will goof-off. I’d imagine that many of these students actually know better, but just blew off the test because they thought that was cooler than being right.

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    I don’t imagine many of these kids do know better. So many kids my age know hardly anything about the country, government, etc.

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    Uh, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, it’s the Democratic Party.

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      The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs is a right-wing, Republic Party-affiliated organization, so that’s why they politicize the name of the Democratic Party. At least they didn’t call them the Democrat National Socialist Party, as was proposed by a member of the RNC.

      In response to another comment. See in context »
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    More bible study! Yeah, that will sure solve the problem (not).

    Unfortunately, THIS IS PRECISELY THE RESULT in a society in which learning is mocked and ridiculed as “elitist”. I blame the far-right who have, for years now, forcefully insisted that gut instinct is more important than facts, and that anybody hwo wants to learn is a pussy.

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    Wish they had tested the parents of these HS kids as well. It would have been interesting to see if there were any correlation between the test scores of parents and child.

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      The problem isn’t just with the kids:

      According to a study funded by The Jenkins Group, a publishing company, one-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives after they finish school. NEVER! Not one book! They go from 18 years old to the grave without ever reading another book. If you think the one-third merely represents the unmotivated dimwits, think again. The study also found that 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.

      Beyond those who aren’t willing, there are those who aren’t able:

      an estimated 32 million adults in the USA — about one in seven — are saddled with such low literacy skills that it would be tough for them to read anything more challenging than a children’s picture book or to understand a medication’s side effects listed on a pill bottle.

      “Information is the currency of democracy.” (Thomas Jefferson)

      In response to another comment. See in context »
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    We can hope that because it was a phone survey the respondents were pulling someone’s leg. I mean this is abysmal. If true we should be frightened.

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    This is astonishing. Are we sure it’s not a hoax?

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    This is a known hoax: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/09/are-oklahoma-students-really-this-dumb.html

    The real idiocracy here is that anyone would fall for such obvious nonsense. Do you really think not a single student in 1,000 would get at least 8 questions right? Did you even look at that table before posting it?

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