Sunday, November 23, 2008

Are you smarter than an elected official?

In a not too surprising but frightening report of how poorly elected officials averaged on a civics test, ISI reported an average grade of 44%, with ordinary citizens only scoring marginally higher at 49%. The reason I say it is not too surprising is because to adequately learn from mistakes in history, one must know what our history is, and to adequately manage the economic crisis in our country, we must have a basic understanding of economics. With the current state of things, I honestly do not believe many American citizens know our Constitution or our history; however, it is most disturbing that those running our country know even less than we do. Right off the bat, I would like to remove the 20% who gave this ridiculous answer:

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

For those who are interested in seeing how well you fair against the rest of the country, you can take the test here.

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