Saturday, October 06, 2007

Does Civics Still Rock?

Decide for Yourself
There's much ado being made by conventional news outlets and in the blogosphere about what we'd best describe as the Great American Civics Test.

"In fall 2005, researchers at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy (UConnDPP), commissioned by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s (ISI) National Civic Literacy Board, conducted a survey of some 14,000 freshmen and seniors at 50 colleges and universities. Students were asked 60 multiple-choice questions to measure their knowledge in four subject areas: America’s history, government, international relations, and market economy."

The result were disappointing: college seniors, on average, failed all four subjects, and their overall average score was 53.2%.

Try the quiz yourself and no matter how well you fare, taking the quiz is a great way to review topics still discussed in our local schools and referred to in our contemporary media. Rock on, civics!