Based on this survey, the story points out a few distressing factoids:
- Three-quarters of high school seniors could not name a power granted to Congress by the Constitution
- Fewer than half knew the purpose of the Bill of Rights
- Only 1-in-ten knew anything about the checks and balances among the three branches of government.
“Today’s NAEP results confirm that we have a crisis on our hands when it comes to civics education,” said Sandra Day O’Connor, the former Supreme Court justice, who last year founded icivics.org, a nonprofit group that teaches students civics through Web-based games and other tools.Of course we don't really test on civics knowledge, at least not in a world of No Child Left Untested. My own high school children would do well, but they have the advantage of taking AP American History and a class in Government. Apparently most do not, because some of the questions are so straightforward as to be, well, straightforward.