More than 2,500 randomly selected Americans took ISI’s basic 33-question test on civic literacy and more than 1,700 people failed, with the average score 49 percent, or an “F.” Elected officials scored even lower than the general public with an average score of 44 percent and only 0.8 percent (or 21) of all surveyed earned an “A.” Even more startling is the fact that over twice as many people know Paula Abdul was a judge on American Idol than know that the phrase “government of the people, by the people, for the people” comes from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.Read the press release for more. And take the quiz yourself. Are you smarter than an elected official? Not to brag, but I got 31 out of 33 for a score of 94%. Beat that!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Don't Know Much About History...
Our Fading Heritage, a new report by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute finds that Americans -- including college graduates and elected officials -- don't know much about history or civic literacy, more specifically.