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A majority of American university students flunk test

A groundbreaking multi-year survey of 28,000 students attending 85 US colleges and universities found that American institutions of higher learning are not providing students even basic instruction on American history, economics and government --probably not even enough for them to make informed decisions at the ballot box.

Even Ivy Leaguers could not pass a multiple-choice test on America’s foundational principles. Students at Harvard scored highest nationwide, but only managed an average score of 69 percent on the 60-question test –compared to 54 percent on average for seniors and 51 percent for college freshmen.

NOBODY GOT ABOVE A D+. Less than half knew about federalism, judicial review, the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and NATO. And this was a multiple-choice test, with the answers staring them right in the face.

Ten percent thought that «...we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…» came from the Communist Manifesto. Only 49 percent - less than half of all college students – could correctly identify the three branches of the federal government. The dumbing-down of the American electorate from the days of the Founding Fathers has been precipitous. The Federalist Papers were originally newspaper articles trying to persuade the common man. The common man can’t read them today.

Read more at the Washington Examiner,