US Edumacation … Wow, 73% Couldn’t Correctly Say why the US Fought the Cold War,


The following is simply shameful … how can people not know the answers to these obvious civic questions?

In a recent Newsweek article, ‘How Dumb Are We’, they asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test and the results were pathetic. How is it possiblethat 29% of those taking the test could not name the current Vice President? Are you serious! 73% could not name why the United States fought the Cold War against the Soviet Union! UNREAL. But, I am sure they could probably receipt Charlie Sheen’s latest rant. However, 61% did not know that Senators were elected for 6 years. Please tell me these people do not vote. If 38% of Americans fail the citizenship test, should they be allowed to be US citizens?

More bad results from the Political Wire.

 … 29% couldn’t name the vice president, 73% couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War, 44% were unable to define the Bill of Rights and 6% couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar.

You can take the Quiz HERE, let us know how you did. The following are some of the questions asked and the percentage of those who correctly and incorrectly answered the questions. The results are simply amazing. More at OTB of the clulessness of individuals not able to answer simple questions about history and civics.

When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
July 4, 1776.
Correct: 67%
Incorrect: 33%

What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
The Constitution was written, or the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.
Correct: 35%
Incorrect: 65%

Who did the United States fight in World War II?
Japan, Germany, and Italy.
Correct: 60%
Incorrect: 40%

We elect a U.S. senator for how many years?
Correct: 39%
Incorrect: 61%

Posted March 22, 2011 by
Education, WTF | 21 comments

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    21 Responses to “US Edumacation … Wow, 73% Couldn’t Correctly Say why the US Fought the Cold War,”

    1. Steve on March 22nd, 2011 9:03 am

      I wonder where they get their current event news from? Reminds me of a recent study done on misinformation by news source.

      I suppose these citizens also vote and respond to public opinion polls. I fear we are doomed!

    2. Michelle Smith on March 22nd, 2011 11:53 am

      I’m not at all surprised by this. I deal with these kind of people on a daily basis.

      This my fellow Monkeys is why we have an empty suit in the White House instead of a President.

    3. St. Stephen on March 22nd, 2011 2:36 pm

      #2 Michelle

      …well said, indeed!

    4. NGBoston on March 22nd, 2011 3:25 pm

      #2- Precisely correct again! =)

      As I continue to say, we are looking at the overall dumbing down of America—and sometimes my brain just cannot help screaming the following:

      A. What is WRONG with people?

      B. Where has all the respect and love for our Country gone? Let’s get back to some old fashioned roots and family morals and values, including helping your fellow Countryman/women/children and paying more attention to God and the Bible.

      C. STRICTER, TIGHTER IMMIGRATION REFORM PLEASE, Thank You! While anyone is welcome here just like my Ancestors immigrating from Italy or Ireland—can you do it the correct way- LEGALLY, please. And, NO- I DO NOT WANT TO PRESS 2 FOR ESPANOL~!

    5. A Texas Grandfather on March 22nd, 2011 8:22 pm

      Should we be suprised? This has been going on since the 1960′s.

      The politically correct morally corrupt left has taken control of our schools and almost half the population are so poorly educated that they can barely read, much less think.

      Now the chickens have come home to roost. Everyone is equal in everything by fiat not by hard work and values.

    6. Steve on March 22nd, 2011 8:39 pm


      NewGirl, is it possible to persuade, induce, or force someone to agree with, and follow, your (or anyone’s) personal religious beliefs, if they are not believers to begin with?

      I don’t understand how that would work. It seems like you are saying a Christian can be forced to believe in Islam, and will then be Muslim; or vice-versa.

      Doesn’t belief come from within? How do you get anyone to believe the Bible, or Koran, or Talmud; if that is not already part of their being?

      Of these identified religions, why is Christianity, with the Bible, the one that you think should be selected for more attention? What about our freedom here in America to believe what each individual wants, and others can do the same? I doubt you want someone telling you what you should be paying more attention to (please correct me if I’m incorrect).

      BTW, what is wrong with not having a particular religious belief system. Why would any religious text or beliefs be of value to someone if they are non-believers.

    7. St. Stephen on March 22nd, 2011 11:48 pm

      #4 Hey NGB!

      …I guess that I may be able to safely assume that Steve is not a Bible thumper.

      Why he just pinpointed religion, which consumed his whole post, while you only mentioned it in four words (“God and the Bible”)is known only to him, the “man behind the curtain”, as it were.

      He failed to notice or chose to ignore that you also made mention of “respect and love for our Country,old fashioned roots and family morals and values, including helping your fellow Countryman/women/children in addition to paying more attention to God and the Bible.

      But alas, t’was only those four words that he devoted his time to and that developed his angst, thereby deciding that the rest of your post was unimportant…to him.

      Uh, the rest of us appreciate your input, NGB, but you probably already know that.

    8. NGBoston on March 23rd, 2011 9:25 am

      #6- Steve—First of all, I am not a Bible Thumper and I truly believe there is nothing wrong and I honor each human and their right to choice of any particular religious belief system.

      With that being stated, I concur with St. Stephen aboe in #7 as to why you actually went off topic when the topic thread was US EDUCATION, which frankly has nothing at all to do about Religious choice.


    9. NGBoston on March 23rd, 2011 9:35 am

      *typo right *of choice…

      A Monkey never knows when the Spell Check Commando Trolls are roaming around. =)~

    10. Dolf on March 23rd, 2011 10:29 am

      @7 Failed to notice the part where Steve doesn’t appriciate her input….

      But I do understand your point, NGBoston post didn’t really warrant that reply.

      and FYI I don’t like bible thumpers (or Koran thumpers or a Talmoed thumpers) (generaly speaking).
      Somehow the thumpers didn’t quiet get the respect thy neighbour part.
      It seems to be a 1 way affair.

    11. dave on March 23rd, 2011 10:30 am

      the mindset of #6 is precisely why our country is going downhill. This kind of thinking is not what we as proud patriotic Americans should accept. We need to educate our children to understand the core values this country was founded under. The teachers we have now are poisoning our youth with an agenda that no longer fits our great country. The left has infiltrated every aspect of our society and they must be stopped or we are doomed as a society.

    12. Dolf on March 23rd, 2011 12:12 pm

      @11 the change began during the Reagan era.

    13. K on March 23rd, 2011 1:39 pm

      Here are a few of the many reasons that this great country is going downhill: GREED, religious/cultural INTOLERANCE
      and lack of COMPASSION for our fellow countrymen and world neighbors – all values that most citizens are not practicing, even (and sometimes especially) those that claim to be Christian.
      At the same time as the above are being resolved the US will discover why half the people in this country doesn’t know basic US history.

    14. Michelle Smith on March 23rd, 2011 2:14 pm

      New Girl

      Right on sister….Excellent post.

      #7 Right on brother…It seems all one has to do is mention God and The Bible and it makes the liberals heads spin. How dare we turn to religion. How dare we believe in God and the Bible.

      #6 What’s your beef with Religion? I don’t recall New Girl saying anything about forcing anyone to believe any particular religion. However, the majority of Americans (better than 90%)do believe in God. Also the majority of Americans believe that the Bible is the word of God. So you see, the majority of Americans already believe.

    15. Steve on March 23rd, 2011 10:21 pm


      Of course, I never said you were a “Bible thumper”; some other buzzing sound provided that phrase. I will note that we both agree on individual choice on the matter of religious beliefs. :-)

      I disagree I went off topic; I simply responded to somethiing you said. If that subject was off-topic, it was not I who initiated its mention in this thread. :-(

      My post was not intended to be dispesctful, and I apologize for leaving that impression. It was intended to determine if mention of “paying more attention to God and the Bible” was truly meaningful, or perhaps was something else.

      If it was meaningful, it seemed to me that there were related questions as to what that meaning was. It didn’t seem that the phrase was intended only for believers, as no apparent context was included.

      I suppose I was somewhat driven by similar comments in other circumstances, where no clear understanding exists of what this phrase implies, if applied to the general public. Given that scenario, the kind of questions I asked would help explain the possible effect that trying such an idea would produce.

      I believe that words have meaning, and we’re better off knowing more, rather than less (in general). This type of phrase has puzzled me whenever I see it, and I look forward to the day when someone explains what it would entail, if followed.

    16. Steve on March 23rd, 2011 10:36 pm


      There is no cause for you to refer to me personally with regard to my mindset. As you don’t know me, I find your comment ridiculous.

      As a proud patriotic American, I support your right to think anyway that pleases you. Out of respect, avoiding offering your unfounded judgement of my thinking would be appreciated.

      As the left, right, and center are all political positions Americans may hold, it seems impossibe for some of these Americans to infiltrate the society that we are all a part of.

    17. Steve on March 23rd, 2011 10:53 pm


      I never said anything for or against religion; you can check for yourself. I did ask some questions as to the meaning of: “Let’s get back to some old fashioned roots and family morals and values, including . . . paying more attention to God and the Bible“.

      As you can tell, there is no context or qualifiers that this idea applies to a subset of our country, leading to an obvious conclusion it refers to the entire country. So, what does it mean to apply this idea to the entire country? That’s what my questions were asking about.

      I also asked about non-Bible based religions as not being discussed. Why is just this one religion mentioned, and not others. And that also goes for non-religious people, as I further asked.

      In the end, I was asking questions, seeking to understand what an apparent simply worded phrase meant when considered in terms of what acting on it would entail.

      Perhaps you have some wisdom to share.

    18. St. Stephen on March 23rd, 2011 11:39 pm

      15, 16, 17

      … your long-winded statements still do not diminish the fact that, yes, Steve, you did indeed go off topic.

      You can wiggle and squirm to your hearts’ content but in statement six your concern for those 4 words took the whole thing off-track.

      You are just too arrogant(as is your apparent demeanor) to admit that you are ever wrong.

      That is OK, though, we are here to witness your failures and you have had a few as of late…

      Nice try, even though it took you three posts to try to pull the wool over NGB’s eyes. Just like President Obama with his smoke and mirrors.

      NGB and others here has much wisdom to share. Perhaps you do as well.

    19. St. Stephen on March 24th, 2011 12:05 am

      “Let’s get back to some old fashioned roots and family morals and values, including . . . paying more attention to God and the Bible“.

      President George H. W. Bush pulled no punches when he answered honestly to a question put to him by Robert Sherman, an atheist in an interview in August of 1987-

      Sherman: Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists?

      Bush: No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.

      Food for thought here, as religion and faith in God is attacked on a daily basis and those who even make mention of God is challenged as if they had done wrong.

      While the President’s personal opinion may be a little hard to comprehend, it is no more nor less abrasive than the atheists constant demeaning of religion and the people who practice it.

      Ain’t gonna happen here…

    20. NGBoston on March 24th, 2011 9:57 pm

      #14 <3

      #18 & #19 <3 <3

      @ "Steve"—-Apology accepted, but seriously now—can you read other's replies and then give it a rest? We're not ganging up against you, Steve—but EDUCATION vs. Religion—-2 totally different topic matters.

      End of story.

    21. Steve on March 25th, 2011 9:53 am


      New Girl, I agree these are two different topics.

      As is obvious, and as I already said, I didn’t introduce religion to this thread, you did. :-)

      I suggest, in the future, that you don’t use one to comment on the other. I’ll do the same.

      End of story for me too.

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