Take the “Ultimate History Quiz” by the History Channel

The History Channel has the “Ultimate History Quiz

Play the Ultimate History Quiz from History.com, featuring thousands of questions about American and global history trivia. Challenge your friends, and see how you stack up to the competition.

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3 thoughts on “Take the “Ultimate History Quiz” by the History Channel

  1. Jim Wheeler

    I surely approve of reading history, but you and I don’t seem to have a lot of company, based on the lack of comments to your post here. Hope it isn’t indicative of a lack of interest in the subject.

    As chance would have it I see in this morning’s paper an AP article that says,

    “U.S. students apparently don’t know much about American history.
    “Just 13 percent of high school seniors who took the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress, called the Nation’s Report Card, showed a solid grasp of the subject.”

    Later in the article it says,

    “Education experts say a heavy focus on reading and math under the federal No Child Left Behind law in the last decade has led to lagging performance in other subjects such as history and science.”

    This agrees with my opinions on the subject, which include that the business of education should have elements of competition (among teachers and schools alike) and that government should get out of the business. But, I’m not really sure how that would work. Any thoughts, Jennifer?

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    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      Yes I saw that story – it was reported on about three or four different news sources. Sadly, not surprising. With all of the budget cuts in education, if given the choice the bare minimum is reading, writing, and arithmetic. History is, sadly, often viewed as a ‘luxury’ subject – one that doesn’t give students ‘real’ skills. However, I strongly believe that students of history have better analysis and critical thinking skills than others.
      In terms of government getting out of education… I don’t know, honestly. And I’m not sure if competition is the answer. Charter schools are, in my opinion, an epic fail about to happen. My friends and colleagues that work for them scrape by with very little money and are expected to pull 16 hour days. One, for example, has to be on campus at 7am, stay until 5pm and be available for parent/student phone calls until 9pm. His salary is about $30,000 a year (and he has a graduate degree). The school encourages turn over because it’s cheaper to replace teachers than keep them more than five years. On top of that, the students are really not achieving significantly more. On top of that, the charter schools romote the notion that students parents’ are paying for a service – that service being their child’s grade. Heck, when I taught at a community college, I had kids who never showed up and had a 15% average, and they literally told me that they were ‘paying my salary’ so I should give them an A (that didn’t happen at the four year schools).
      I think that we as a country need a significant, fundamental shift in our attitude about school, education, and teachers. I think that we need to recruit the creme of the crop, not the bottom of the barrel (which is what we currently do – who wants to make $32,000/year and get abused and unappreciated?). We have a mantra “Those who cannot do, teach.” Anyhow, I’m meandering. It’s a complex issue and I’m not sure what the solution is. The reality, however, is that what we’re doing now isn’t working.

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  2. ansonburlingame

    Jennifer,

    Jim Wheeler gave me the link to your blog. I hope you don’t mind my commenting herein.

    By and large, in my experience, students refuse to read. Some can’t even read at all and many cannot read at “grade level”. They want an A grade but are unwilling or unable to work for such a grade. And for whatever reasons teachers, many teachers, let them get away with it.

    Same with math. Students will not or cannot simply do the arithmetic but expect an A in algebra, geometry or trig, much less calculus.

    NO ONE that is a poor reader can succeed in a good history course. NO ONE that cannot do simple arithmetic can succeed in higher levels of math. But when younger students fail to perform at the basic levels they are promoted to the next grade simply to pass the problem along higher up the chain of education.

    That Jennifer is NOT a money problem. You could pay teachers $100,000 per year or higher and we would still have those problems of passing failures or marginal performers. That is NOT a standardized testing problem it is a simple lack of knowledge on the part of those taking the tests. The standardized tests simply highlight the problem as the “messenger” and professional educators try to shot the “messenger”.

    Give just the SAT test in English and Math to all of your fellow teachers and see how they stack up today on such tests, tests that their own students have great difficulty making high grades and being able to get into good schools.

    How can a 500 SAT teacher instruct kids aspiring to make 700 SAT? And how can a 500 SAT teacher make a “hoodlum” learn to learn and work to do so? For that matter how can a 700 SAT teacher make a “hoodlum” seek to achive at least a 500 SAT. The “hoodlum” would simply refuse to take the test or make a mockery of doing so would he/she not?

    And finally, in my experience our public education classrooms at the high school and middle school level have at least a 50% population of “hoodlums”, rich, poor and in between.

    Throw all the money in the world into such a classroom and standards will still fail to be achieved, at least meaningful standards.

    Anson Burlingame

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