Sunday, November 23, 2008

US officials flunk test of American history, economics, civics - Yahoo! News

It was bad enough when I posted back on October 10th about the general ignorance of our population. But this is even more special. US officials flunk test of American history, economics, civics:

"WASHINGTON (AFP) – US elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent, the group that organized the exam said Thursday.

Ordinary citizens did not fare much better, scoring just 49 percent correct on the 33 exam questions compiled by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

'It is disturbing enough that the general public failed ISI's civic literacy test, but when you consider the even more dismal scores of elected officials, you have to be concerned,' said Josiah Bunting, chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at ISI."

So, the folks who are supposed to know how to run our country don't understand civics ("...the study of citizenship and government with particular attention given to the role of citizens― as opposed to external factors― in the operation and oversight of government." ... courtesy of Wikipedia.)


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