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Study: Three-Fourths Of Americans Are Unable To Name All Three Branches Of Government


Another example of how education fails the majority. Here in NZ the Blessed One wants schools to teach civics, Frankly that frightens Adam. Adam’s version of civics is likely to diverge markedly from the teacher unions.

In NZ the advent of MMP has made competent civics teaching more relevant not less. Yet education is politically polarised.


cropped-500px-scene_at_the_signing_of_the_constitution_of_the_united_states.jpgI just returned from a terrific event at Christopher Newport University on Constitution Day — a debate with Professor John Yoo.  While we were delighted by the large number of students who appeared to listen to the debate, we discussed the recent poll on the lack of knowledge of citizens.  A recent poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) found that, in a survey of over 1,000 citizens, only a quarter were able to name all three branches of the federal government.  We just discussed the poll showing that four out of ten Americans cannot name a single right under the first amendment.  Once again, these polls leave us with the troubling prospect of a woefully uneducated public on their own government.

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