Fail: Your Child Can’t Pass The Citizenship Test

Fail: Your Child Can’t Pass The Citizenship Test

Fail: Your Child Can’t Pass The Citizenship Test

This is not just a fail, but an epic fail. Your child, and I say that with a grain of salt, cannot pass the citizenship test of the United States of America. A new study has found that only 19% of people under the age of 45 can pass the test. Why do you still have your child in a government school? Back in the 1950’s, studies found that “Johnny Can’t Read”. Sixty years later, we know that Johnny, Janie and little Egbert can’t read, can’t math and can’t citizen.

This newest study was conducted by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. “Investor’s Business Daily” reported the results. The title of the article is: “Our Education System Flunks The Citizenship Test”. From the article:

A new survey finds that only a third of Americans could pass the U.S. Citizenship test. It’s a dismal testament to the abject failure of the country’s education system. And a looming threat to the nation’s future.

The survey, conducted by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and released on Wednesday, found that only 36% of Americans would pass the citizenship test given to immigrants. And this is on a test that only requires applicants to get 60% of the questions right.

You read that right. Only 36% of Americans would pass a test that only requires 60% of the questions be answered correctly. This is an epic fail.

To learn more about the United States Citizenship Tests and Photo Courtesy of Department of Homeland Security.

Sample Test Question:

Question 1 of 20

1.If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

A: the Speaker of the House
B: the Secretary of State
C: the President Pro Tempore
D: the Secretary of the Treasury

More from the article:

“It would be an error to view these findings as merely an embarrassment,” said the Wilson Foundation’s president Arthur Levine. “Knowledge of the history of our country is fundamental to maintaining a democratic society, which is imperiled today.”

He has it exactly right. And blame rests with the nation’s education system who turn out students increasingly ignorant of even rudimentary facts about American history and civics.

And more:

It’s not as though we haven’t known about this glaring knowledge gap.

In 2011, the Education Department’s National Assessment of Education Progress found widespread ignorance of civics. Just one in 10 understood the checks and balances between the three branches of government. Only a small minority understood what rights the Constitution protects, or how laws are passed.

You may say teachers mean well and maybe they do. But, they spend too many hours a day indoctrinating children into mindless liberal drones. I know. I know. Teaching phonics and rote memorization of times tables and dates in history is boring as can be. I get it. And, there are studies, I am sure, that say kids don’t retain information from rote memorization. Look, I cannot speak French anymore, but I can still conjugate the French “to be” verbs, because I learned them by rote. Memorization is absolutely necessary.

Schools are to blame bigly, but not solely. Lazy parenting is also to blame. Yes, go look in the mirror. You brought that sweet little angel into this world. Don’t expect the government schools to educate your child or impart your values. That is your job. Mom and Dad. Both of you.

Look At What We Reap

This is also from the “Investor’s Business Daily” article:

Because of this monumental education failing, young people — particularly those in colleges and recent graduates — believe it is perfectly acceptable to silence speech with which they disagree.

As we saw from the Brett Kavanaugh spectacle, few people appear to understand due process rights. The most basic, foundational principle of the nation’s rule of law — that people are innocent until proven guilty. In fact, two separate amendments to the Constitution contain due process clauses.

It also explains how a candidate running for Congress like socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could think that congressional representatives are “inaugurated,” or that lawmakers are able to sign bills into law, both of which she claimed at a political event on Monday.

Little Janie may not know why we have a Constitution or the Amendments, but you can bet she is out there wearing her pussy hat and screaming at the sky.

Maybe if colleges used the old “Schoolhouse Rock”, kids would be better educated. Remember this?

Ya think that someone could play this for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? The girl is college educated and dumber than a post.

As a parent, grandparent or citizen of this country, it is our responsibility to ensure that the next generation is educated and can carry on our Constitutional Republic. Every child, no matter what Little Egbert’s future occupation, should be able to read, write, do his sums, know our history and understand our system of government.

Shame on all of us. Epic Fail.

Feature photo: Pexel/Bruce Mars.

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  • Edward says:

    I took this test a year or two ago and the questions seemed simple for me. I think I missed one question but overall the questions were trivial and should be answerable by any US citizen. It’s a shame what has happened to our overall education system and the departure from teaching how America was founded and the principals that have kept it great.

  • GWB says:

    Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
    Ironic, given that Wilson was a progressive.

    Shame on all of us.
    No. I have done my part, both with my own child and with others’.
    Sadly, I’m in the minority.

  • SFC D says:

    Time to bring back Schoolhouse Rock, Multiplication Rock, Grammar Rock, all of it. You get those jingles stuck in your head, and you learn more than you really meant to. I’m 55 and I can still sing most of those damn songs. My son’s middle school social studies class was seriously lacking in the basics of how the government is designed to work. We had discussions and classes at home based on current events. Parents have to get involved.

  • Chaz says:

    Any child over 15 y.o. that can’t pass the citizenship test it’s shame on your local school system and you as parents. I DO NOT want to heat any whiny excuses.

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  • OvergrownHobbit says:

    Just quizzed the yard ape on this one. She got 91 out of 100. Of course, we’re homeschooling and so far this year we’ve memorized all the presidents, the preamble, and most of the major parts of the Constitution, as well as working through a bunch of critical primary documents. The part she’s weak on is 1900s on. “Who was president of the U.S. during World War 2?” “Um… I want to say Roosevelt, because he also sucked” (In reference to the WW1 president question.)

  • scott says:

    Once again, as with most things leftist, this is a feature, not a bug… while there are some good teachers out there, the “education system” itself has turned into a leftist indoctrination system, which as you pointed out, just churns out leftist drones.
    The ignorant are easier to manipulate and control. When they have no knowledge of the laws and founding concepts of our nation, it is much easier to convince them of the lies of socialism / communism.
    While everyone decries McCarthy, and some of his methods might have been “extreme” for the time, he was on the right track, and if more had followed his example, we would not be where we are now.

  • Russ Wood says:

    I was born in England, and am now South African. I would bet, without seeing the actual citizenship test, that I could pass at least 50% of it! Probably because I read a lot, and regard a month in which I don’t learn something new as lost. OK, at the age of 76, I was educated in an age that meant EDUCATION, not indoctrination.

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