Students’ Knowledge of Civil Rights History Has Deteriorated, Study Finds
Scary stuff. If it were true.
The study by the Southern Poverty Law Center does not examine student knowledge. Instead, it scores the states, on an A-to-F scale, on how well they incorporate "a body of knowledge that reflects what civil rights historians and educators consider core information about the civil rights movement."
That's not a measure of what students know. That's a measure of what states teach. While they're not mutually exclusive, nor are they the same thing.
And yet here's the NYT lede:
That ignorance by American students of the basic history of the civil rights movement has not changed — in fact, it has worsened, according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, on whose board Mr. Bond sits. The report says that states’ academic standards for public schools are one major cause of the problem.