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Jesse Gold English Comp I WRT-101 Dr. Kaufman History’s Future As time progresses, so does the knowledge that each one of us possesses . As each of us as individuals becomes older, we are able to use our experiences to our benefit to make intelligent decisions . Though, as a nation, we are slowly forgetting about our past . Lewis Lapham discusses in his essay “Time Lines” how, as time has been moving forward, our knowledge of it has slowly been left behind . Nearly all writings and reports done to test the current generation about their historical knowledge comes to the same conclusion: if it was a test, they have all failed . The vast majority of American high school students barely know the basics to America’s own history . Frederick M . Hess writes in his report “Still at Risk: What Students Don’t Know, Even Now,” that when high school seniors were asked “fundamental questions about U .S. history and culture, they score[d] a D” (1) . Though this may sound harsh to more graduating students, both in high school and college, all tests and studies tend to agree with what Hess reports . Over the last twenty years, the nation has seen signs of our nation slowly losing grips with its past . Between low SAT scores and the loss of what many would consider ‘common knowledge,’ we as a nation have been losing touch with ourselves
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2010 for the course WRT 101 taught by Professor Shegriff during the Summer '08 term at Bergen Community College.

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