I just took THIS 60 question quiz on American history, government, international relations and market economy which was given to about 14,000 freshmen and seniors at 50 U.S. colleges last fall. How did they do? Freshmen averaged 50.4%, while seniors averaged 54.2%.
You answered 27 out of 60 correctly — 45.00 % (Yowzer!)
History has NEVER been a strength of mine, however those college statistics pose some interesting questions. Are college (or highschools) for that matter, teaching our children enough about our country's history? This all reminds me about the theories of E.D. Hirsch and his idea of a Cultural Literacy. Cultural Literacy revolves around the idea that Americans should have a knowledge of background information in order to understand and to communicate in our society. I own a Dictionary of Cultural Literacy and it is an interesting read. Full of facts about a variety of topics (Bible, Idioms, Geography, Folklore, etc.) I found a lot I didn't know. It really is fun to read and if you can take a copy out of your library, I recommend it.
I don't know if it is possible for schools to teach all that is contained inside-but I can understand the need for a basic core knowledge among Americans. It seems like other cultures are more educated about our country than we are and that is not right.