Search Results for: Paul Pekin

Jan 1 1998

Schoolhouse Crock

Right-wing myths behind the 'new stupidity'

How much change should you get back after putting down $3 to pay for a 60-cent cup of soup and a $1.95 sandwich? Would you believe that exactly 56.3 percent of American college graduates were unable to figure this out? Would you believe more than half can’t even read a bus schedule? Syndicated columnist John Leo, writing for U.S. News & World Report (4/21/97), thinks you should. He says it’s all a consequence of the “new stupidity.” Last April, copies of Leo’s “The Answer is 45 Cents” began showing up in teachers’ mail slots. My wife got one. All the […]