Surprised? Yeah, me neither. Reports like these are depressing. When I was a sub, I saw it first hand. I worked in a low-performing school district (read: minority and poor). A lot of the kids don’t care. The parents are just as apathetic. And the money that pours into the district doesn’t reach the classrooms. In one elementary school, I had to photocopy from a master book and give copies to the kids. They didn’t have books for students. Ridiculous because when an administrator toured my summer school class, I thought, “Hmm. Nice Chanel suit.”
I hope things turn around. Geography might not be considered as important as math and science to a lot of people. But all that math and science is preparing kids to compete in a global economy. Geography might be helpful. At the very least, you will know why you have to wake up in the middle of the night to join a conference call in Bangalore.
If you want to see how you stack up against 4th, 8th, and 12th graders, check out some of the sample questions:
How did I do?
4th Grade 5/5
8th Grade 5/5
12th Grade 4/5
I’m as smart as top 13 year olds. Boo yah!