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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
Replies (11-18):
AllofFive19
by Bronze Member on Aug. 20, 2012 at 3:29 PM

With the exception of my 5-year old, my kidlets know this too.

Quoting usmom3:

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


coala
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

My 4 yo and my 6 yo both know who the 1st and 16th presidents are.  But they have been studying president flash cards all summer.

sourflower
by on Aug. 20, 2012 at 6:41 PM

 That's sad, my 4yr old & 6yr old know that.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

hmmm ~ and that was 3 years ago? I wonder what they don't know today?  Holy macaroli!  How could anyone NOT know who the very first president was? 

  

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TheCrooners
by on Aug. 21, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I read stories like this and wonder if those teens were trying to be funny by pranking the researchers doing this study. It's hard to seriously consider that our HS teens in Oklahoma are this uneducated. And if those results are accurate, a great disservice is being done to those students.
pixydustmommy
by on Aug. 21, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Whoa...that is crazy! Not surprising though. I know quite a few adults who have very little basic history knowledge. My husband was a pretty good student (he was the kid who would skip morning classes every day in high school to go surfing, show up for tests, and pass every one.) Anyway, the point is that he, even now, finds things that he was taught in PS that were incorrct. Google is our friend when it comes to those debates!

Dawn07
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM
It is sad. I had a young guy. Prolly 12 or 13, that had come to our church, ask me to homeschool him after hearing I was going to homeschool my kids. He told me he couldn't read.
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mem82
by Platinum Member on Aug. 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Oh, gosh. My heart would just break!

Quoting Dawn07:

It is sad. I had a young guy. Prolly 12 or 13, that had come to our church, ask me to homeschool him after hearing I was going to homeschool my kids. He told me he couldn't read.


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