Here is the most glaring question from this past June's US History and Government Regents. This is for 'mastery' of the subject for 11th graders in New York State.
See if you can spot the answer.
28 What was a basic cause of the Great Depression of the 1930s?
(1) Too many antitrust laws were passed.
(2) Tariffs on foreign manufactured goods were
- (3) The distribution of income was unequal.
- (1) Too many antitrust laws were passed.
- (4) Immigration was not limited.
If you ever are curious as to why our young citizens of The Republic are historically and economically ignorant, you can now see why. The 'answer' is: (3) The distribution of income was unequal. Of all of the bad explanations for the causes of the Great Depression, this one has to be the most incorrect and economically ignorant. The idea that the distribution of income should be, or could ever be 'equal' is one that has been dismissed even by the most rabid Marxists on the planet. It is impossible for there to be such a thing, even in the Utopian Visions that reside in the hallowed halls of academia. Not only has 'equal distribution of wealth' been seen as sort of an infantile concept, wouldn't this inequality guarantee constant depressions all over the earth? Income wasn't distributed equally in 1929, or 1944, or 1229, or 1776, or 1886, or 1986, or 2012. According to the sage Overlords of the NY State Regents committee for Historical Assessment, it is this very inequality that had to have been one of the horrid reasons for Great Depressions. By their reasoning, we should be in a constant economic depression.
It's easy to point out the limitations of today's youth. Now you can see the pure propaganda that our high school students are fed, in order to indoctrinate them into a meme that will get them away from thinking about their own wealth and welfare, and push them into the collectivist mindset. It is also too simple to leave today's high school students holding the bag. It is the adults who create wretched and foolish exams like this - exams unfit for simian consumption. Why don't we assess students with real material? The top schools got rid of short answer exams 150 years ago, stating that they were worse than useless. Oxford and Cambridge rid themselves of short answer tests, noting that they did nothing but 'train'. It is undoubtedly coincidence that our current president opined a few years ago that he was a believer in the idea that things are economically better if we 'redistribute the wealth'. This is a sinister coincidence. I recommend that all parents monitor what their children are getting as 'education' these days, as this exam question is just the tip of the iceberg.
- "We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class, of necessity, in every society, to forego the privileges of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks."
- - - Woodrow Wilson - Address to the New York City High School Teachers Association (9 January 1909)