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Friday, October 06, 2006

Citizens Flunk Civics

FIRE's The Torch reprinted 2 questions that were asked of college students by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. It shows how college students do not have a grasp of their First Amendment rights (actually most Americans are in the dark on the Constitution). They state:

The following two questions from the survey and their results are a telling indictment of the state of First Amendment education in American higher education.

The Bill of Rights explicitly prohibits:
a. Prayer in public school
b. Discrimination based on race, sex, and religion
c. The ownership of guns by private individuals
d. Establishing an official religion for the United States
e. The President from vetoing a line item in a spending
bill

Only 49% of seniors knew the answer was d, the establishment of an official state religion.

The idea that in America there should be a “wall of separation” between church and state appears in:
a. George Washington’s Farewell Address
b. The Mayflower Compact
c. The Constitution
d. The Declaration of Independence
e. Thomas Jefferson’s letters

Only 27.2% of seniors knew that the correct answer was e, a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists.


And how many of the correct answers were just guesses?

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