by LZ Granderson (CNN) — I’m a sucker for all of those man-on-the-street interviews that late-night shows do to reveal just how dumb Americans are. It’s fun to laugh at the people who struggle with simple math problems or are unable to find any country we’re at war with on a map. More than a few even get tripped up trying to name the branches of government. It’s all fun and games until you remember that elections have consequences, and that many of those people who said they could name the president — but not the commander in chief — will soon be standing in a voting booth, armed with a ballot.
LEARNING–Shaevon Boyd, a third grader at Southside K-8 School in War, W.Va., works on a reading assignment during an after school program on May 7. The school located in McDowell County, an area overwhelmed with poverty, unemployment, drug abuse, and teacher shortages, provides after school access to computers, tutoring, recreation and a meal. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder) by Philip Elliott WAR, W.Va. (AP) — When school started this fall in this sparsely populated rural area at West Virginia’s southern tip, 1 of 7 classrooms was without a teacher because leaders couldn’t recruit enough educators.