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We’re going to try something a little different today. We want as many of our readers as possible to take a few minutes to take this test. After you’re done, report your score back to us in the comments section. This isn’t a competition to see who gets the highest score, so don’t be embarrassed if you don’t score very well. This test was administered to a large sample of American 17-year-olds, and the results, according to this report, weren’t too pretty. The results of the test tell a sad story about the state of cultural fluency in today’s youth. In fact, it looks to us as though the results are understated because respondents had a pretty good shot at guessing the correct answer due to the multiple choice format. This test and the report on the results were both put together by Common Core, a non-profit organization that wants every student to graduate high school with “an understanding of culture, the arts, history, literature, civics, and language.”
Senator Joseph McCarthy investigated people who protested the war in Vietnam, better known as the Second World War. Fortunately, that war was over before Christopher Columbus sailed to America; otherwise, we might have never experienced the Renaissance.
Apparently, not too much according to many of the nation’s 17-year-olds. With such a poor understanding of history, our youth have little hope of becoming well prepared citizens. Our education system has overwhelmingly moved towards a focus on reading and math, while overlooking many of the other components of a strong liberal arts education. Common Core thinks that an education with more breadth won’t only help improve cultural literacy, but will also have the effect of improving core skills as students’ minds are opened to critical, creative thinking.
There’s a lot more that we could tell you about this Washington, DC based organization; however, Common Core’s website does a fine job of telling their story. The site is a little tough to read with all of the different blocks of text, but the design is fresh and the content is great. Common Core needs help promoting a liberal arts education in schools. They provide quality education standards, programs, and curricula, as well as data and reports on the state of education. Since Common Core is just launching, they need someone who can do it all – from research to organizing events, from writing proposals and reports to analyzing public policy. Unfortunately, Common Core doesn’t list this job on their own site, but it can be found here on Idealist. They would like to hear from all applicants by April 9th, so you should get your resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references to Lynne Munson at email@example.com as soon as possible.
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