So there are twenty questions on the quiz, and they waste one asking who was President during World War I (obviously, because the answer is their founder), and they ask it using "commander in chief" rather than President which will confuse some people. Knowing exactly who was President during the smaller of two major conflicts a hundred years ago doesn't exactly strike me as something on the top twenty list of questions I would ask prospective citizens.
Neither is the exact year the Constitution was written. Especially since it was written, ratified, and became effective in three different years. I'd be happy if they could give the answer to within 10 or 20 years, since it's easy to look up and knowing the *exact* date isn't likely to matter in any context other than a pollster from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation calling you at random while you are trying to shop for groceries, just to pick an example.
The question about freedom of speech is slightly better, though they phrase it to imply it is a poor result when 75% of the populace knowing that freedom of speech is guaranteed by the first amendment isn't bad.
The panic here is more than a little artificial.
Sure, schools don't seem to be doing a great job teaching history and civics. But this survey doesn't seem to be a good way to measure that, judging by these three questions.
This entry was published Fri Mar 08 08:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2019-02-15 18:13:08.0.