A majority of citizens in every state but one failed a citizenship test and the citizens in Washington D.C. were some of the worst of all.
Proving that our schools are flat out garbage for teaching American history and civics, only one state, Vermont of all places, passed the test. But only barely. According to Paul Bedard, 53 percent of respondents in Vermont passed the test.
The test hosted on the Internet is a multiple-choice version of the test new immigrants are given to gain citizenship.
The test was conducted by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
The group said only one in ten can demonstrate basic understanding of American history and civics.
According to Bedard, more than half of those in every state and the District of Columbia (except Vermont), failed the test. In D.C. 58 percent failed.
“Only one-in-four nationally passed the 20-questions,” Bedard wrote.
In its latest test, the Foundation said that 15 percent of adults knew the year the Constitution was written and only 25 percent knew how many amendments there are.
Also, of 41,000 quizzed, 25 percent did not know that freedom of speech was guaranteed under the First Amendment, and 57 percent did not know that Woodrow Wilson was the commander in chief during World War I.
While only Vermont had more than 50 percent pass the test, the other states that came closest to 50 percent were Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, and Virginia. The bottom five were Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
“Among all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Vermonters were the sole group able to pass the multiple-choice test. Even more disturbing, only 27 percent of those under the age of 45 nationally were able to demonstrate a basic understanding of American history. Nationally, only four in 10 Americans passed the exam,” the Woodrow Wilson Foundation said of its test.
“Unfortunately, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation has validated what studies have shown for a century: Americans don’t possess the history knowledge they need to be informed and engaged citizens,” said Foundation President Arthur Levine.
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