Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Maybe we are a bunch of idiots!

I am currently teaching 3 Economics classes at Front Range Community College. Classes started last week, and I decided to give my students a little quiz to see what they know about what’s going on in the world. The results are quite depressing. Below are the questions and data.

Question




Total

%

TOTAL RESPONSES




57


Who is Sec. of State




23

40%

Who is Ben Bernanke?




12

21%

Name the leader of:




0

0%

Pakistan




8

14%

England




3

5%

Canada




0

0%

France




0

0%

Venezuela




9

16%

What is the Bill of Rights




18

32%

What is Brown v Board




19

33%

Who is Sec of Treasury




0

0%

How many in US Senate?




17

30%

Name a Commie country




45

79%

Who is Gov of CO




15

26%

Name CO Senators




2

4%

Who is Speaker of House




8

14%

Only 25% know the name of the Governor of their own state! No one, including one student who is a Canadian citizen, can name the PM of Canada, or knows Sarkozy’s name (although several know he is dating a pop singer). Only 30% know how many Senators there are? What the hell are kids learning in school today?

I didn’t expect many would know Hank Paulson is Secretary of Treasury. And it is surprising that 1/3 know about “Brown v Board of Ed. of Topeka”. But the rest of this is just scary.

What does this say about our youth, and the future of our country? Does it explain why the White House is occupied by a complete idiot? These people can vote, yet they would badly fail the test to become a US citizen!

2 comments:

Becky said...

I went to Clarence back in the day yet I 'm pretty sure I failed too...However if I were taking a citizenship exam I would be sure to study up on the things needed to pass.

Governor of NY - Elliott Spitzer, whose grand ideas tend to provoke the "What now?" response. This is not the man we thought we elected.

Peter said...

I must confess that I'm the Canadian who didn't know the name of Stephen Harper, the Canadian PM. But in fairness, I've been a US resident for over 14 years and American politics influence my life much more than Canadian poitics. There are 19 possible correct answers on the quiz, and by my count, I came up with 13 if you count last-name-only answers like my Canadian brother Alex does on Jeopardy. I'll take that any day!