I recently opened up a copy of Newsweek and found an article titled “How Dumb Are We?”. Apparently Newsweek gave the US citizenship test to 1,000 randomly chosen American citizens—and 38 percent failed. Considering that all new citizens pass this test (as well as an English language test), that’s a pretty shocking statistic.
How do you think you’d do? Are you pretty confident you’d pass? Here’s your chance to prove it:
Take the quiz yourself. I’ll admit I couldn’t recall the name of the US president during WWI. And I honestly didn’t know how many amendments to the constitution there have been. Fortunately I knew the term length of a US senator and how many voting members belong to the House of Representatives.
So while I managed to do better than the 38 percent that failed, I think the biggest concern here is educating our students about US history and government. What do you think? And how can we prepare our students to be more well-informed about their country?