Don’t Know Much About History

Pete Du Pont writes:

Do our colleges and universities provide their students the American history and constitutional understanding needed to make them strong and responsible citizens?

A study released this week by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute — www.americancivicliteracy.org — demonstrates that the answers to both questions are no. The study concludes that “America’s colleges and universities fail to increase knowledge about America’s history and institutions.” In a 60-question multiple-choice quiz, “college seniors failed the civic literacy exam, with an average score of 53.2 percent, or F, on a traditional grading scale.” And at many schools “seniors know less than freshmen about America’s history, government, foreign affairs, and economy.” more »

The worst of popular culture, main-stream media, and partisan politics today can be blamed in large part on a 35-year history of discounting history — of failing to understand, appreciate, and celebrate the exceptional essence of the American Republic and its democratic institutions.

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