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  • The Decline of American Civic Literacy Continues

    Citizens and public officials earned an F, on average, in the most recent annual report on Civic Literacy, released by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute last week.

    More than 2,500 randomly selected Americans took the test on Civic Literacy, and more than 1,700 of them failed.  The average score was a 49%.  More shocking, the average score of elected officials was 44%, meaning that our public officials performed worse than citizens selected at random.  Less than 1% of those surveyed (21 of 2,508) earned an A on the test (90% or higher).

    This report builds on ISI’s report last year on the woeful ineptitude among colleges and universities in providing students with an education in American government, history, and political ideas.

    The report is a warning that K-12 public education, colleges and universities need to get back to basics, and provide every student with the foundation that is needed to exercise responsible citizenship.  It is appalling that as we pour more and more money into education in America, our schools are producing citizens with declining knowledge of their own government.

    Feel free to take the exam online at www.americancivicliteracy.org.  I’m betting that readers of this blog would perform well above the national average.

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    5 Responses to The Decline of American Civic Literacy Continues

    1. Dennis Aderholt says:

      School does not teach. The parents do not take an interest in their childre and learning. I do believe the goal of public school is to give us a long list of people that can neither read or write. When this is accomplished we all will easily be lead around by our nose and told what is good and bad. I think that comes under the heading of a socialist government. Do we want to go there????

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    5. Amber, Ark. says:

      I actually took this quiz and found it to be much easier to take from what I have learned at school, rather than a recent quiz I took on becoming a U.S. citizen. It was really a wake up call for me. I actually thought it was embarassing how lacking my knowledge and I am sure many others are about our present gov. and our own elected officials. I think not only teachers but young adults need to be more proactive on the importance we place on our government's creation, current situation, and our elected officials. It really does affect us all!!

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