A stunning survey conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC), should send shock-waves across the nation — and within every classroom in America.
The average American student along with a sizeable number of adults know nothing about the basic history of their country or how it works.
Teaching basic civics and American history in the classroom seems to have given way to more important and exotic topics.
Take the Tucson School District that offers “Mexican-American Studies” along with a subject titled “Latino Critical Race Pedagogy,” which features prominent figures such as Fidel Castro and Che Guevara — yet no mention of George Washington or Abe Lincoln.
Perhaps we should also take a look at California State University, where students can take the “History of Rock and Roll” as their required course instead of U.S. History…
Researches at APPC surveyed over 1,000 American adults, finding a stunning lack of knowledge about basic civics, American History, and politics among the general populace.
Only a quarter of those adults surveyed were able to name all three branches of government, while 37% couldn’t name a single right protected by the First Amendment.
The survey also found that even current event topics like immigration which is within the news daily, American’s had trouble understanding, for example, 55% of the respondents didn’t realize that illegal immigrants have constitutional rights under our Republic.
On the flip side, 48% were at least able to identify freedom of speech as being a right enshrined by the First Amendment, although far fewer could identify other rights accorded.
The dismal performance by our fellow citizens breaks down like this, freedom of religion (15%), freedom of the press (14%), the right of peaceful assembly (10%), and the right to petition the government (3%).
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, in a press release said, “Protecting the rights guaranteed by the Constitution presupposes that we know what they are. The fact that many don’t is worrisome. These results emphasize the need for high-quality civics education in the schools and for press reporting that underscores the existence of constitutional protections.”
The fact that only 26% of Americans could name all 3 branches of the federal government is indeed worrisome, in that aside from being unable to name the 3-branches, one can only conclude that these individuals have no idea what functions the “Judicial,” the “Legislative,” and the “Executive” branches serve within our government, which is the real danger.
The survey also revealed that conservatives were more likely to name all 3-branches then either liberals or moderates, however no one can take comfort in knowing that since 2011 the number of individuals that could name all 3-branches of the federal government has fallen by 12%.
Even more frightening one-third of respondents couldn’t name a single federal branch of government.
To make matters even dicier, another poll recently taken reveals that just 26% of those surveyed have no idea how many amendments comprise the Bill of Rights. Moreover, 1 in 5 individuals hasn’t even heard of the Bill of Rights.
It’s worth noting once again; that great societies usually implode from within… a nation comprised of morons cannot long endure.