We talked about this article from USA Weekend in my History Seminar class yesterday.
A report released last year showed that when more than 14,000 seniors and freshmen at 50 American colleges and universities were tested on some basics of American history and civics, the average score was about 52% -- a failing grade by any measure -- with the seniors scoring slightly higher than the incoming class. The best results came from Harvard, where seniors scored a 69.6% -- passing, but still a high D.
I cannot say I'm surprised. I know that many of my peers regard history as boring. But I still think it's extremely unfortunate that many people do not have this basic knowledge. Like one of the signs in the History Seminar room, "Everything that happened before you were born is your own kind of." I think not knowing basic things about American history is just like not knowing much about some part of yourself.
By the way, you can take the aforementioned test here. I'd love to hear what you get. I got a 73.3% Because the economics questions kicked my butt.
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
- T.S. Eliot
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