Waddaya mean, public education isn’t working?
We don’t need no stinkin’ history! We don’t need no stinkin’ civics!
Just think: with the biggest, costliest, most comprehensive public education system ever devised by human beings, Americans can’t pass a basic citizenship test. This ought to lead to some skepticism about the value of our schools’ “social studies” programs.
In a test given to more than 40,000 people nationwide, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation found that only one in four Americans could score a passing grade (https://woodrow.org/news/one-state-pass-us-citizenship-exam/). Vermont was the only one of all 50 states in which most people–and by “most” we mean just 53%–were able to pass the test.
The test consisted of 20 multiple-choice questions, and a passing grade was “60”: 12 out of 20 correctly answered. When I went to school, “60” was a big red F.
In our nation’s capitol–Washington, D.C., in case you went to public school, then college, and still didn’t know that’s our capitol–58% failed the test.
How about getting an A? In this test, to get an A, you had to answer correctly 90 to 100% of the questions: a minimum of 18 right answers, in case you went to public school, then college, and can’t work out the arithmetic.
No state among all 50 got more than 6% A’s. Six percent!
Quick! More money for social studies! More administrators, higher salaries, snazzier benefits–that should fix it.
I dare them to give the same test to Christian homeschoolers. I triple-dog dare them.