Take the test. Come on, you know you want to!
It's pretty sad that I only answered 44 out of 60 correct - a dismal 73.33%. Of course, what's even worse is that I beat the average score of Harvard seniors, 69.56%. Worst of all, Harvard seniors ranked highest out of the 50 colleges that were tested! Nice to know these are our future business leaders, lawyers and politicians, eh?
America’s Founders were convinced American freedom could survive only if each generation understood its founding principles and the sacrifices made to maintain it. (emphasis mine)
In fall 2005, researchers at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy (UConnDPP), commissioned by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s (ISI) National Civic Literacy Board, conducted a survey of some 14,000 freshmen and seniors at 50 colleges and universities. Students were asked 60 multiple-choice questions to measure their knowledge in four subject areas: America’s history, government, international relations, and market economy. The disappointing results were published by ISI in fall 2006 in The Coming Crisis in Citizenship: Higher Education’s Failure to Teach America’s History and Institutions. Seniors, on average, failed all four subjects, and their overall average score was 53.2%.
This report follows up on The Coming Crisis in Citizenship. It is based on an analysis of the results of a second survey of some 14,000 freshmen and seniors at 50 colleges conducted by the research team at UConn in the fall of 2006. The results of this second survey corroborate and extend the results of the first. Seniors once again failed all four subjects.
From Brainiac6: "You know I passed both of my American History classes with A's last semester and I only got a 60 something on this. Many of the questions I got wrong were things we've never covered in classes."
Exactly. The only reason I managed a score of 73% was because my American history teacher would not tell us which parts of each chapter she would be choosing from for the multiple choice questions on her exams - thus, I read each chapter at least twice and some of it managed to stick! I believe that my history textbook failed to cover a few of the questions that were on the exam, though.
The school system is so focused on teaching about racism, sexism, socialism and the slaughter of the Noble Savage that they cannot be bothered to teach about what white men accomplished. After all, who needs to know anything about what a lot of fusty old white men did and thought?