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from: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081120/od_afp/ushistoryeducationoffbeat#full


US officials flunk test of Amerian history, economics, civics


WASHINGTON (AFP) – US elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent, the group that organized the exam said Thursday.

Ordinary citizens did not fare much better, scoring just 49 percent correct on the 33 exam questions compiled by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

"It is disturbing enough that the general public failed ISI's civic literacy test, but when you consider the even more dismal scores of elected officials, you have to be concerned," said Josiah Bunting, chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at ISI.

"How can political leaders make informed decisions if they don't understand the American experience?" he added.

The exam questions covered American history, the workings of the US government and economics.

Among the questions asked of some 2,500 people who were randomly selected to take the test, including "self-identified elected officials," was one which asked respondents to "name two countries that were our enemies during World War II."

Sixty-nine percent of respondents correctly identified Germany and Japan. Among the incorrect answers were Britain, China, Russia, Canada, Mexico and Spain.

Forty percent of respondents, meanwhile, incorrectly believed that the US president has the power to declare war, while 54 percent correctly answered that that power rests with Congress.

Asked about the electoral college, 20 percent of elected officials incorrectly said it was established to "supervise the first televised presidential debates."

In fact, the system of choosing the US president via an indirect electoral college vote dates back some 220 years, to the US Constitution.

The question that received the fewest correct responses, just 16 percent, tested respondents' basic understanding of economic principles, asking why "free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government's centralized planning?"

Activities that dull Americans' civic knowledge include talking on the phone and watching movies or television -- even news shows and documentaries, ISI said.

Meanwhile, civic knowledge is enhanced by discussing public affairs, taking part in civic activities and reading about current events and history, the group said.
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Quote by The_Paranoia
Fail is on you. You spelled "American" wrong. Commi.
psykopoo:
moron, spelt paedofile wrong
#7
Quote by The_Paranoia
Fail is on you. You spelled "American" wrong. Commi.

This is the biggest fail ive seen in a long while.
LIFE IS TOO SHORT NOT TO LET YOUR MIND SPREAD WINGS AND TAKE FLIGHT

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+Infinity. This dude knows good metal.
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Why should they be worrying about Ameria? They really need to be focusing on the U.S.
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*re-enters thread*
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*notices more fail*
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*leaves*
LIFE IS TOO SHORT NOT TO LET YOUR MIND SPREAD WINGS AND TAKE FLIGHT

Quote by KeepOnRotting
+Infinity. This dude knows good metal.
#15
Epic fail has got to be the gayest, nerdiest thing anyone could say. It's not cool and it's not funny.
#16
Quote by BrockTandem
Epic fail has got to be the gayest, nerdiest thing anyone could say. It's not cool and it's not funny.

Damn right, I hate when people say that.
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Quote by BrockTandem
Epic fail has got to be the gayest, nerdiest thing anyone could say. It's not cool and it's not funny.

Using gay as a insult has got to be the saddest most immature thing anyone could say. Its not cool and its not funny.


#19
Quote by BrockTandem
Face it nerds - nothing you say on the internet will ever be cool.



Be a prick much?

If you don't like the title then don't click the link. You must be pretty bored if all you are going to do is bitch about how people talk. GTFO tool.
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Quote by Hot_Money420
Be a prick much?

If you don't like the title then don't click the link. You must be pretty bored if all you are going to do is bitch about how people talk. GTFO tool.

No its ok, if he wants to make his e-penis bigger to make up for....well you know, let him.
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good thing i live in europe, where all government officials are honest, smart and educated.


wait, what?
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Quote by Survivalism
And SPELLING.

Sir, I do not believe I misspelled anything. If you mean when I said "Commi" it was meant to be that way.
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Quote by BrockTandem
Epic fail has got to be the gayest, nerdiest thing anyone could say. It's not cool and it's not funny.

Quote by TrasherFromHell
Damn right, I hate when people say that.

Epic failure.
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Quote by The_Paranoia
Sir, I do not believe I misspelled anything. If you mean when I said "Commi" it was meant to be that way.


Well, then. You've covered all your bases, haven't you?
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