Skip Nav
13 of the Sexiest, Sweetest Romances to Kick Off Your New Year
This Guy Made His Girlfriend's Mermaid Dreams Come True With an Underwater Proposal
New Year
Here's Looking at You in 2018, Aries

Study Shows Teenagers Don't Know History

New Study — Why Don't Kids Know Much About History?

According to a survey released yesterday by Common Core many of the 1,200 17-year-olds who were called in January and asked to answer 33 multiple-choice questions about history and literature, didn't fare so well. Common Core is an independent bi-partisan group including members from the American Federation of Teachers, and a former assistant education secretary under President George H.W. Bush. The group criticizes No Child Left Behind, saying that it has weakened public school curriculum by holding schools accountable for student scores in reading and mathematics, but in no other subjects.

Here are some of the results:

  • Fewer than half knew when the Civil War was fought.
  • 25 percent said Columbus sailed to the New World some time after 1750, not in 1492.
  • Only 75 percent were able to name Hitler as Germany's leader in World War II.
  • Good news! 97 percent were able to identify Martin Luther King, Jr. as the man who said, "I have a dream."
  • What do you attribute this historical near-sightedness?


Prince Philip Over the Years
Teaching Your Kids About Thanksgiving
Fitbit Alta Tory Burch Bracelets
Study Finds Sunlight Shrinks Fat Cells
Guide to British Royal Titles
Singing in Parliament After Australia Gets Marriage Equality
Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya
Your Kid's Best Subject by Zodiac Signs
Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in Australia December 2017
Kids Go to School With No Heat
From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds