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Just how stupid are Americans? (Interview with Rick Shenkman)

January 13, 2012

It’s a provocative title for a post, but it really just refers to a book entitled “Just How Stupid Are We?” (where “we” clearly refers to Americans) by Rick Shenkman, Associate Professor of History at George Mason University. A brief article by Shenkman on the same theme can be found here and the video clip below contains a relevant  interview with Shenkman. His account of the causes, consequences, and solutions to American ignorance  is highly interesting. Among the causal factors is the death of civics education in America and the introduction of the TV in 1965, which in turn has…

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