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Study finds lack of civic learning in college – Washington Times

February 12, 2010

American’s civic culture took root after 1877.  This Washington Times article seems to show America’s education system is increasingly moving towards that perspective. 

If the above statement is true then our public schools and centers of higher education are doing a good job.  

In the opinion of OneFamilyMan:  If the above statement is true and America’s free citizens allow this trend in civic education to run it’s course,  America will  loose a clear connection with the Creator, the source of our liberty and our connection with the welfare and benefit of our neighbor.  When we fail to examine the whole course of America’s founding movement and it’s documents . . .  the Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, the Bill of Rights, The Federalist Papers, et al, we lose the ability to take hold of the rudder and steer our society clear of hazards which belayed and even destroyed other cultures

The study tested 2,508 Americans with various education levels on 33 basic civic knowledge questions that included political literacy, American history and economics. The overall average score was 49 percent. College graduates scored at 57 percent. Respondents also answered questions about 39 social issues. The answers were compared with those from a 2006-07 study that tested more than 14,000 college freshmen and seniors on similar issues.

Mr. Brake said college students scored better on questions relating to the history of the 1900s, including those involving Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr. He added that this is some indication of the focus of study in the classroom. 

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Study finds lack of civic learning in college – Washington Times

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