Are we really that dumb? Is it our fault?April 27, 2012 @ 8:14 am (Updated: 9:02 am - 4/27/12 )
The passing rate on the immigration test among Americans who were born here might shock you. (AP Photo)
In Cincinnati, Xavier University gave the immigration test to a sampling of native born Americans, and this will shock you:
The passing rate among Americans who were born here, passing means getting six out of ten correct, was 66 percent among natives.
Among natives who had a high school education or less, the pass rate was 44 percent. A spokesman from Xavier found that pathetic.
"Whether you go to college or not shouldn't matter. If you went to grade school, you should be able to answer many of these questions," said the spokesman.
Most people could name the president, they know why the flag has fifty stars, but naming the chief justice, their own governor, defining "rule of law" -- those were stumpers.
Oh and this one stumped them too:
"What did they do at the Constitutional Convention? Which is pretty much a giveaway."
And 62 percent blew that one.
But that's because they don't care. It doesn't affect
Plus the attack ads have us thinking that everyone who runs for office is a jerk anyway. However, we will pay attention to civic matters if they're interesting.
For example, I'll bet everybody can name the agency who's job it is to protect the president. I'll bet they can even name the Latin American country the president just visited.
And OK, maybe we don't know what happened at the Constitutional Convention, but being that it was a convention, and it brought in a bunch of men visiting from out of town, I bet we could tell you what happened after the Constitutional Convention. Ask us that sometime.
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