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Study finds lack of civic learning in college
Washington Times ^ | 01/12/2010 | Casey Curlin

Posted on 02/12/2010 1:05:57 AM PST by iowamark

College fails to teach civic knowledge - including American history and national institutions - and has an influence on liberal leanings among students, a new study says.

The study, conducted by the conservative Intercollegiate Studies Institute, specifically cited typically liberal positions on gay marriage and school prayer.

Richard Brake, the director of ISI's Culture of Enterprise Initiative, said high schools could be partly to blame for a lack of civic knowledge but college courses should provide more concentrated study.

"You should reinforce it and go beyond it," he said. "Learning is about reinforcement."

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...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: civics; civicseducation; college; highereducation; isi; literacy; quiz
http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/
1 posted on 02/12/2010 1:05:57 AM PST by iowamark
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Take the Quiz at:

http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/resources/quiz.aspx


2 posted on 02/12/2010 1:06:51 AM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark
Truthful American history and civics are not taught in elementary and secondary government schools either.

Young people are growing up not knowing why this country was founded or that liberty and capitalism are the secret to its magnificent success.

3 posted on 02/12/2010 1:10:02 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority (As Wichita falls so falls Wichita Falls)
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To: iowamark
Check out the following short video which shows how ignorant some people are of American history
YouTube - Jaywalking - 4th of July
4 posted on 02/12/2010 1:17:24 AM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: iowamark

Progressives churning out sheep.


5 posted on 02/12/2010 1:23:13 AM PST by historyrepeatz
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To: iowamark

Well at least I beat the average with a substandard 75.76 %. The article highlights why someone like Obama can get elected. If we taught civics in a proper manner we could weed out most liberals from contention.


6 posted on 02/12/2010 1:23:31 AM PST by Lexluthor69 (I think, therefore I am Conservative.)
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To: iowamark

You answered 29 out of 33 correctly — 87.88 %

Average score for this quiz during February: 74.7%


7 posted on 02/12/2010 1:40:36 AM PST by highlander_UW (Obama has lost or not saved over 4 million jobs!)
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To: iowamark

bfl


8 posted on 02/12/2010 1:44:32 AM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: iowamark

Hmmm.....85% and change...I is slipping a bit.

Good Quiz.


9 posted on 02/12/2010 1:55:32 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: Solitar

that would be a stark example of the difference between US public school education prior to 1975... and the progressive run education system of today


10 posted on 02/12/2010 2:18:41 AM PST by sten
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To: iowamark

later


11 posted on 02/12/2010 2:50:52 AM PST by I_be_tc
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To: iowamark

31 of 33 correct...not too bad


12 posted on 02/12/2010 2:54:08 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: sten

We’re in some deep do-do with public screwels and the path that has been mandated.


13 posted on 02/12/2010 2:55:35 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: RSmithOpt

That was my score too. I missed #30 and #33. Looking back, I think the question/answer phrasing was odd, at least for the first one.

30) Which of the following fiscal policy combinations would a government most likely follow to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?

33) If taxes equal government spending, then:

It seems I’ve seen these questions before. Perhaps on a previous thread here at Free Republic.


14 posted on 02/12/2010 3:37:36 AM PST by Crolis ("Nemo me impune lacessit!" - "No one provokes me with impunity!")
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To: RSmithOpt

Me too and the two I missed were stupid mistakes. Sort of like the mistake I made getting out of bed today. :)


15 posted on 02/12/2010 3:47:09 AM PST by animal172 (Can a girl with a mole on her face be happy married to a gopher?)
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To: iowamark

I got 32 out of 33. Missed this one:

30) Which of the following fiscal policy combinations would a government most likely follow to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?
A. increasing both taxes and spending
B. increasing taxes and decreasing spending
C. decreasing taxes and increasing spending
D. decreasing both taxes and spending

What SHOULD a government do? Answer is “D.” History demonstrates this. It is also common sense.

What WOULD a government do? Answer is “A.” History also demonstrates this again and again (and again and again...).

I am not sure how they came up with answer “C.” Expecting government to take half-ass measures is, I suppose, reasonable — except when government has the opportunity to foul things up as much as possible. It will do that every time. And it has.


16 posted on 02/12/2010 3:47:19 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: iowamark

Thanks for the link. I got 90.4%, and missed three questions, about the Lincoln Douglas debates, what a government is likely to do in a recession, and a question about something included in the Constitution...I think it was prohibiting the establishment of a state religion.

Some of the questions were very oddly framed. But I think it makes its point.

I am surprised the average score is 74%.


17 posted on 02/12/2010 3:54:57 AM PST by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

“College fails to teach civic knowledge - including American history and national institutions...”
If you don’t know and understand your country how can you love her, defend her, die for her?
You can’t and you won’t, which is what the scum are aiming for.


18 posted on 02/12/2010 3:55:36 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

That is because there are schools that use books like Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”, and there are history teachers like Howard Zinn.


19 posted on 02/12/2010 3:57:19 AM PST by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: Solitar

I can’t. I find that kind of thing completely, totally and absolutely depressing. I can’t even laugh at it.

If you want to see something equally as repugnant, watch the very ending of John Ziegler’s excellent “Media Malpractice” documentary, in which he interviews a bunch of Obama supporters lined up to go to some event after the election.

They would ask questions like “Which candidate visited 57 states?” or “Which candidate said they could see Russia from their house?” Some of the people were obviously educated (one was a Berkeley grad, nuff said) and the level of ignorance was appalling.

As a demonstration of the effects of the media on “the Sheeple”, It is powerful, astonishing and depressing.


20 posted on 02/12/2010 4:04:45 AM PST by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: iowamark
32/33 correct. I missed the one on the Puritans.
21 posted on 02/12/2010 4:14:33 AM PST by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: iowamark

I think community colleges have the upper hand in teaching civics. My kid, and a lot of other kids I know went to our local community college before they went on to a university for their bachelors. Our local CC seems to hire ex-military guys to teach civics and government. And from talking to the students they are/were getting excellent instruction in civics and Am. gov’t. On a regular university level, the teacher would have to have at least a Master’s, possibly a PhD in the discipline, but it doesn’t work that way for profs at the CC level, so they are able to hire ex-military.


22 posted on 02/12/2010 4:19:01 AM PST by dawn53
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To: FerociousRabbit
30) Which of the following fiscal policy combinations....

I missed that one too, HA. Also didn't know that the SCOTUS has already struck much of Roe v. Wade. Shame on me.

23 posted on 02/12/2010 4:52:15 AM PST by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: Crolis

missed #7 & #23, dang it!! Didn’t pause to think long enough!!


24 posted on 02/12/2010 5:16:18 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: animal172

LOL!!


25 posted on 02/12/2010 5:17:04 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: iowamark

I enrolled in an American history course that studied American revolutionary thought from 1750 to 1775. BTW, excellent course taught by a professor who passionately believed in the American revolution. Bet that’s not taught anymore.


26 posted on 02/12/2010 5:32:25 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: iowamark

What the liberal educrats don’t understand is they are producing in small numbers some very good double agents that look, walk and quack like the leftist species of duck but in reality are fire breathing, gun owning, conservative kids who have learned to regurgitate their “master’s” points of view on tests/papers for the sole purpose of obtaining the college pedigree.

These kids are in a perfect position to infiltrate the dem party machine as agent provocateurs.


27 posted on 02/12/2010 5:35:50 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: FerociousRabbit

OH absolutely. I got it wrong too. I got into a big discussion about this with a lefty yesterday. Reagan and Bush screwed ut up by not cutting spending. We are right and they are wrong. True and simple. LOL


28 posted on 02/12/2010 7:59:20 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: 70th Division

“I got into a big discussion about this with a lefty yesterday.”

An exercise in futility! LOL


29 posted on 02/12/2010 10:05:49 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: FerociousRabbit

Ya they take it personal and never answer the questions. Like all this spending and we are at over 10% unemployment. Not working


30 posted on 02/12/2010 10:08:59 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: iowamark
I got 29 out of 33; 87.88%. I missed ...

Question #12 - B. the Supreme Court struck down most legal restrictions on it in Roe v. Wade
Question #14 - B. stressed the sinfulness of all humanity
Question #30 - C. decreasing taxes and increasing spending
Question #33 - D. tax per person equals government spending per person

On #12 I chose "A. it was legal in most states in the 1960s." I should have caught that B. was a correct answer but so is A. In fact abortion was legal in ALL states prior to Roe v. Wade with restrictions.

On #14 I was torn between B. and C.. I blew it.

On #30 they ask "what is most likely?" That either depends on the views of who is in power at the time or is asking for 'what is most likely' based on a compilation of all decisions made in similar circumstances in the whole history of the country. Or all countries throughout time. They didn't specify.

I chose "D. decreasing both taxes and spending" because that seems most rational to me. Currently 0baMao and the Dems are choosing "A. increasing both taxes and spending" which is the dumbest thing to do. The quiz says "C. decreasing taxes and increasing spending" is correct.

On #33 I chose "A. government debt is zero" and the answer is "D. tax per person equals government spending per person." I plain blew that one.

I was more concerned that I might miss #4, #6, #8 or #13.

31 posted on 02/12/2010 5:04:15 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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