11.23.2008

81.82%

US officials flunk test of Amerian history, economics, civics

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).




So, how well will you do? Take the Civics Test and see how you rate. Can you beat my 81.82%?




Pau.




- hfs

13 comments:

BillT said...

96.97%

But I've been around twice as long as you have, so I got it hammered into me more often.

Sandi said...

87.88%

But, like BillT, I also have age on my side.

Sheri Payne said...

I also got 87.88%. I didn't think it was that difficult, why did so many do so poorly?

Homefront Six said...

I don't know. I'm a product of a mediocre public school education and not in public service. And yet I scored and 81%. These people most likely went to private schools and serve in the public arena on a daily basis and yet, they scored abysmally.

DL Sly said...

I scored 87%, although I can partially attribute that to the fact that, unlike Bill, I wasn't around for the Lincoln-Douglas debates and therefore had to try and recall them from memory -- of which there are none since Western Civ was an early morning class........in the Spring.
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Val said...

I got an 81.82 too. :) Yay for being smarter than our politicians. (Or not)

John of Argghhh! said...

I tied with Bill, dammit.

BillT said...

Okay, it either means you learned as much as somebody *my* age or my memory's as good as somebody *your* age.

What was the question again?

rsm said...

96.97%.

Everybody can mess up at least once.

Except surgeons.

Homefront Six said...

And fighter pilots.

BillT said...

Piffle.

Ever see the mess a fighter pilot makes when he tries to hover a helicopter?

Got an F-16 guy over here who's never even got the sim off the ground -- he keeps planting the nose into the runway.

Homefront Six said...

That's because you haven't shown him where the hover button is!

BillT said...

Oh. Right.

I *knew* I should a-been doing something when I handed him the controls instead of reciting the Lincoln-Douglas Debates from memory...