This survey showed just how badly public schools are failing Americans


American public schools are failing to teach the basics.

They spend more time handing out participation trophies and ramming their leftwing political ideology down our children’s throats.

And a survey was just released that showed just how bad it really is.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation recently conducted a survey to see how many Americans would pass a U.S. citizenship test.

They found that only 1 in 3 Americans, and only 1 in 5 age 45 and younger, could pass the test which only requires a 60% passing score.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Just a third of Americans can pass a multiple choice “U.S. Citizenship Test,” fumbling over such simple questions as the cause of the Cold War or naming just one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for.

And of Americans 45 and younger, the passing rate is a tiny 19 percent, according to a survey done for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Worse: The actual test only requires that 60 percent of the answers be correct. In the survey, just 36 percent passed.

Among the embarrassing errors uncovered in the survey of questions taken from the U.S. Citizenship Test and conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies:

• 72 percent of respondents either incorrectly identified or were unsure of which states were part of the 13 original states.

• 24 percent could correctly identify one thing Benjamin Franklin was famous for, with 37 percent believing he invented the lightbulb.

• 12 percent incorrectly thought WWII General Dwight Eisenhower led troops in the Civil War.

• 2 percent said the Cold War was caused by climate change.

In an era where all human knowledge is just a few clicks away, this is very disturbing.

Many Americans are uneducated on the most fundamental facts regarding American history “thanks” to failure on the part of public schools.

And it’s only getting worse.

The study found Millennials were even less educated on simple questions than their parents.

If they don’t understand the basics of American history – especially the fundamental principles our country was founded on – it could lead to political disaster.

The old saying goes: “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”

What do you think about these findings? Let us know in the comments below.


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  2. A college student working at Walmart could not add a $50 bill and a check for 65.12! Come on 6+5=11, so $115.12. I added it up on paper, she said “that’s not right”! Called the manager! When I had asked here “How much is 6 plus 5, she said, “I don’t know, I need a calculator! “Beam me up Scottie, there’s no intelligent life down here!”. I read the latest 8th grade reading and math score test results. Not one state scored 50%! California was under 25%! And thousands of teachers are failing the Basic Math test! Ya better home school your kids, so they can teach the teachers.

  3. Hate to say it, but I never learned math that way. I learned to add the fifty and the 65.12 and I learned it very young. This is a sad state. It really throws them if you hand them twenty=six cents and you owed twenty one cents. They don’t know it’s a nickel return without subtracting it. I learned this at a very early age.

    My grandchildren are homeschooled, hallelujah and my granddaughter who is 12 has learned all the rivers of many countries, capitals of the states, and who knows what else. An amazing curiculuum.


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