Do you know more than a Harvard student?
I got an email Thursday about an American civic literacy test that the Intercollegiate Studies Institute gave to college students around the country, with pathetic results. Students at Harvard had the highest score in the country on the 60-question test, and their average score was a D-plus.
I went online and started taking the quiz myself. A few questions in, I decided I didn't want to know what my score would be. When was Jamestown first settled by Europeans? When was the Constitution amended to guarantee women the right to vote? Ms. Duffy, my beloved high school history teacher, would be ashamed.
At least I'm not alone. Only 47.7 percent of the college seniors tested knew that Fort Sumter came before Gettysburg and that Gettysburg came before Appomattox. Just 45.9 percent knew that the line “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” comes from the Declaration of Independence. (Even I got that one.) And a mere 42.7 percent knew that NATO was formed to resist Soviet expansion.
Think you would do better? Click here to take the test yourself.