Tuesday, January 22, 2008

don't know much about history...

From Janie Cheaney in World...

Once again, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute of Wilmington, Del., has determined that higher education does a lousy job of training American citizens. Exhibit A is its latest 60-question, multiple-choice test on American history and government, international relations, and market economy.

The ISI conducted its initial survey in fall 2005, among approximately 14,000 college freshmen and seniors at 50 institutions, and published the dismal results in a report called The Coming Crisis in Citizenship. Repeating the experiment in fall 2006, with a similar format but different students, the ISI finds no cause to celebrate, as indicated in the report released last month: Failing Our Students, Failing America.

The average score among all students surveyed was 52.9 percent, an F. Even Harvard seniors, the highest scoring group, averaged only 69.6 (D+). Worse is the finding that that civics knowledge apparently declined in most colleges: Incoming freshmen scored better than seniors.

For the quiz itself, click here...

1 Comments:

At January 23, 2008 at 8:38 AM , Blogger Martina said...

If more Americans simply had to memorize the Constitution and study the Federalist papers at one point in their schooling, perhaps our country wouldn't be in the mess we're in today...

 

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