Monday, March 09, 2009

Civics Monday...

This is way off-topic, but I heard over the weekend that Sandra Day O'Connor was making the rounds of the news circuit saying that:

"Only a third of Americans can name the three branches of government. That's scary," O'Connor told "Good Morning America" today. "But 75 percent of kids can tell you 'American Idol' judges."

Okay, without hitting up "the Google" can you name the three branches of government? Of course you can, because you are obviously well read and intelligent if you have found your way to Grindstone Financial :)

I commend fmr. justice O'Connor for sounding the alarm on the lack of civics understanding in the US. A really good advocacy group - Common Core - has put together a terrific quiz to gauge the level of understanding among high school students in the US of American history and literature. The average score across the US the last time this test was issued ---- D which means they missed roughly 1 out of every 3 questions.

Here's the link to the test......

Take the test yourself and quiz the kids in your house.

Most of the questions are so obvious that it's hard to imagine anyone getting even one wrong let alone getting a D (disclosure - I went 33 for 33 in my first time through the test, but I'll admit to guessing on #22).

Cheers!

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