I think his take is accurate and I think his numbers are real.
And it isn't just the tea baggers and it isn't just Wake County, North Carolina,. We've had a lot of discussion here on A2K about it. Many people think the poor are stupid and lazy (yes, they think this about children) and that they're dragging down their smart and energetic children by making school slow down to accommodate those who don't learn as quickly.
This "dumbing down" is why China (or insert just about anywhere in the world) is totally going to kick our ass (or something).
I don't think so but it seems that many people do.