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March 2, 2015

Recently the American Bar Association Journal published an article on “Why America’s Kids Know So Little.”  Only South Carolina earned an “A” in American History.  Twenty-eight states fell into the “D/F” category! 

Mark Dice has a series of YouTube interviews with average citizens about current topics.  It’s funny (sad actually) to hear the responses, and these people are voters! 

In January, Arizona started to require high school students to pass a 100-question civics test in order to graduate.  The Arizona State Senate Majority Leader said “How can we expect them [high-schoolers when they grow up] to protect the principles on which this country was founded, if we are not preparing them for that task right now?”  There are efforts in other states to improve the understanding of U.S. history. 

Meanwhile, in Texas the State Legislature is considering eliminating the 28-year old high school graduation test requirement altogether.  Senator Seliger (Amarillo) said “Without a high school diploma, these students cannot attend college, join the military or qualify for many jobs.”  But we’d ask, if they can’t pass the test then what does that say about how well they are prepared for life and the job market?  What’s it say about the quality of education they’re receiving?  And while you’re at it, ask business people about the quality of job applicants they’re getting! 

We believe a quality education, especially in American history, is essential to being a productive citizen! 

Here’s a quick quiz you can take to test your knowledge of American government.

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