Monbiot on US political ignorance

Ignorant politicians are elected by ignorant people. US education, like the US health system, is notorious for its failures. In the most powerful nation on earth, one adult in five believes the sun revolves around the earth; only 26% accept that evolution takes place by means of natural selection; two-thirds of young adults are unable to find Iraq on a map; two-thirds of US voters cannot name the three branches of government; the maths skills of 15 year-olds in the US are ranked 24th out of the 29 countries of the OECD.

Full article here. A very good read.

One thought on “Monbiot on US political ignorance”

  1. It is interesting.

    Does it strike you as a little bit partisan? Apparently all the Republicans were dummies and all the Democrats were brilliant. He even goes on to say that religion makes you stupid. Wouldn't some people discredit the author as a bitter partisan?

    To me the more interesting question is why. Why would a country with such enormous resources fail to invest in education. They must have a reason. What priorities were higher than education? Does the vast collection of ignorant people somehow give them a competitive edge? Rather than read a rant about where they are, I'd prefer to read an exploration about how and why they got there.

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