Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Americans need some more Edjimication.

Newsweek has an online testconcerning "How Ignorant Are Americans?" The scores listed are the results that Newsweek had when they gave the test to 1000 people.
(One, if they're reading Newsweek......never mind. Too easy.)

Of course, yours truly scored 100%. Then again.....the questions were easy. The whole test is a statement on the weakness of our school system.

I'm not going to list the answers. I assume that the readers of this blog are informed.

When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
Correct: 67%
Incorrect:
33%

What happened at the Constitutional Convention? (Really...people got this wrong.)
Correct: 35%
Incorrect:
65%

The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution.
Name one of the writers.
Correct: 12%
Incorrect:
88%

Who was president during World War I? (There were few Beck fans at the test.)
Correct: 20%
Incorrect:
80%

Who did the United States fight in World War II?
Correct: 60%
Incorrect:
40% (40% got THIS WRONG?!!! WTF?)

During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
Correct: 27%
Incorrect:
73% (I expected this. They didn't believe it then either.)

What did Susan B. Anthony do?
Correct: 41%
Incorrect:
59%

What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
Correct: 77%
Incorrect:
23%

Who is in charge of the executive branch?
Correct: 73%
Incorrect:
27% (Apparently NO ONE at the moment.)

We elect a U.S. senator for how many years?
Correct: 39%
Incorrect:
61%

The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
Correct: 14%
Incorrect:
86%

If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?
Correct: 58%
Incorrect: 42%

Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
Correct: 19%
Incorrect:
81% (And this is why people think Health Care is a gov't responsibility.)

How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
Correct: 37%
Incorrect:
63%

What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?
Correct: 57%
Incorrect:
43% (This is why so many people think that all sorts of things are "rights.")

What is the supreme law of the land?
Correct: 30%
Incorrect:
70% (There are so many wrong that this has to be purposely taught this way. Also explains Congress.)

How many amendments does the Constitution have?
Correct: 6%
Incorrect:
94% (Yeah, I didn't actually expect most people to get this one.)

What is the name of the vice president of the United States now?
Correct: 71%
Incorrect:
29%

What is the name of the speaker of the House of Representatives now?
Correct: 41%
Incorrect:
59%

What is the economic system in the United States?
Correct: 33%
Incorrect:
67% (With the crap going on now, no wonder so many got it wrong. Explains Congress.)

And these people vote. Or get elected to office, which is scarier.
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