Presidential Student Indoctrination?
The lamestream media told you:
In a historic first-ever address by a president, Barack Obama will address every student in government school all at the same time. Conservatives are upset at the speech even before it has been given, the fools.
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
While the president had planned on delivering "worshipful" civics messages (the term used by school superintendent Tom Horne), school students' understanding of real history and civics is at deplorably low levels, as measured by a simple Goldwater Institute poll.
Its report: "A Survey of Civic Knowledge Among Arizona High School Students," reveals only 3.5 percent of Arizona high school students have learned the basic history, government and geography necessary to pass the U.S. Citizenship test.
Here are the survey questions, the correct answers, and in parentheses the percentage of government-school students providing the correct answer.
1. What is the supreme law of the land?
Answer: The Constitution (29.5%)
2. What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?
Answer: The Bill of Rights (25%)
3. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
Answer: Senate and House (23%)
4. How many Justices are on the Supreme Court?
Answer: Nine (9.4%)
5. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
Answer: Thomas Jefferson (25.3%)
6. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
Answer: Atlantic (58.8%)
7. What are the two major political parties in the United States?
Answer: Democratic and Republican (49.6%)
8. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
Answer: Six (14.5%)
9. Who was the first President of the United States?
Answer: George Washington (26.5%)
10. Who is in charge of the Executive Branch?
Answer: The President (26%)
Only 40 students passed, out of 1,140 (3.5%). It isn't clear what, if anything, Arizona students are learning in these classes, but it is abundantly clear what they are not learning -- U.S. civics, history and geography. Mr. Obama's address was not expected to improve the situation. Dr. Matthew Ladner, vice president for research at the Goldwater Institute, conducted the study. http://www.goldwaterinstitute.org