John McCaslin

The latest National Assessment of Education Progress was discussed on Capitol Hill this week — and for good reason, given that it finds elementary, middle, and high school students falling short on memory when it comes to American history, if they ever learned it in the first place.

But it gets worse, noted Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, when students graduate high school and attend "what are considered our top universities and colleges."

He cites one recent survey of college freshmen and seniors revealing that many "are ignorant" of U.S. history.

"For instance, only 47 percent of freshmen knew that Yorktown brought the Revolutionary War to an end. Seniors did even worse — only 45 percent knew," he says. "Forty-two percent of college freshmen could not identify on a multiple-choice test the 25-year period during which Abraham Lincoln was elected president."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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