And the winner is…
There was much tittering last month when Michele Bachmann, the unapologetically conservative Congresswoman from Minnesota, was challenged to a public debate by Amy Myers a 16 year old schoolgirl from New Jersey.
Ms Myers was angered by comments Bachmann had made criticising public education in the United States. “I have found quite a few of your statements regarding The Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted” she wrote.
No doubt so precocious a child as Ms Myers will have spent today digesting a report in the Wall Street Journal today that concluded, well, that Michele Bachmann was right and she was wrong.
Reporting the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress the Journal said “Only 20% of U.S. fourth-graders and 17% of eighth-graders who took the 2010 history exam were ‘proficient’ or ‘advanced,’ unchanged since the test was last administered in 2006” and that “The news was even more dire in high school, where 12% of 12th-graders were proficient”, also unchanged since 2006. This covers the teaching of just the sort of “general U.S. civics matters” which Ms Myers sought to defend.
Ms Myers complained that Bachmann’s statements “help to serve an injustice to not only the position of Congresswoman, but women everywhere.” If she is really looking for opposition to the female cause perhaps she should be looking not at Minnesota but at Pennsylvania whose Senator Arlen Specter recently told Bachmann to “act like a lady” in a live debate. Imagine the fury there would be if John McCain said that to Hillary Clinton and marvel again at the moral mayhem of the left.