Quote Of The Day

“A 2006 nationwide survey conducted by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found that 56% of young people ages 15 to 25 did not know that only citizens can vote in the United States. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor exclaims, “Today, only a little more than one-third of Americans can name the three branches of government—much less explain the balance of power among them.” In a 2006 survey of California high school graduates who had recently completed a course in American government, half were unable to identify correctly the function of the Supreme Court, a third were unable to name the state’s two U.S. senators, and 41% did not know which of the two major political parties was more conservative. Nothing new here. Our greatest educational challenge is to find ways to reverse the anti-intellectualism behind such ignorance. The solutions involve not just schools but the course of our entire popular culture. Still, educators can make a big difference. See the success story of the Milwaukee College Preparatory School, using the Knowledge Is Power Program, [here]”. Thomas C. Reeves, blogging at the History News Network

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