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Oh this is scary--school related

Posted by on Aug. 20, 2012 at 5:11 AM
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75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the U.S.


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Only one in four Oklahoma public high school students can name the first President of the United States, according to a survey released today.

The survey was commissioned by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs in observance of Constitution Day on Thursday.

Brandon Dutcher is with the conservative think tank and said the group wanted to find out how much civic knowledge Oklahoma high school students know.

The Oklahoma City-based think tank enlisted national research firm, Strategic Vision, to access students' basic civic knowledge.

"They're questions taken from the actual exam that you have to take to become a U.S. citizen," Dutcher said.

A thousand students were given 10 questions drawn from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services item bank. Candidates for U.S. citizenship must answer six questions correctly in order to become citizens.

About 92 percent of the people who take the citizenship test pass on their first try, according to immigration service data. However, Oklahoma students did not fare as well. Only about 3 percent of the students surveyed would have passed the citizenship test.

Dutcher said this is not just a problem in Oklahoma. He said Arizona had similar results, which left him concerned for the entire country.

"Jefferson later said that a nation can't expect to be ignorant and free," Dutcher said. "It points to a real serious problem. We're not going to remain ignorant and free."

--I know this was 3 years ago, but still scary.

by on Aug. 20, 2012 at 5:11 AM
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starbeck96
by Bronze Member on Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Yes, it is sad.  My kids don't know much about civic knowledge either.  They just came out of PS.  We are doing officially doing World History this year, but I am going to add some civics stuff (since this is an election year).

Shari55
by on Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:08 AM

That is scary, cause it isn't any better 


  Shari, not just a wife, mom, grandma, I teach our future generations


bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:11 AM

 Even without the civics classes, when we studied money we talked about Washington being the first president and that's why he's on the quarter AND the dollar.  On President's day we talked about the "big" Presidents.  That is sad!

mem82
by Platinum Member on Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Wow! 8(

oredeb
by on Aug. 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

 wow!

redhead-bedhead
by Bronze Member on Aug. 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM
That is very sad!
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Danielle163
by on Aug. 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

 Really sad.

skeletor1017
by Member on Aug. 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

That's crazy, but not surprising :(

debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM
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I learned that in kindergarten, how do they not know that.  That is crazy.

usmom3
by BJ on Aug. 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

 I just asked all the kids in my house & they all got it right!

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