Because we know you don’t already have enough to think about on a Monday morning, we bring you this tidbit. According to Newsweek, 38 percent of Americans who were given the standard citizenship test failed it.
Six percent couldn’t find Independence Day on a calendar.
The article did not mention whether people born in the country–thus automatically being entitled to citizenship–scored better or worse than naturalized citizens.
In possibly related news, the same article goes on to say that the wealthiest 400 households in the U.S. have more money than the bottom 60 percent of households–combined.
We’re not sure how this fits into the birther debate, but there has to be a connection.
NEWSWEEK gave 1,000 Americans the U.S. Citizenship Test—38 percent failed. The country’s future is imperiled by our ignorance. In this week’s issue, Andrew Romano looks at the risks involved in America’s ignorance.
They’re the sort of scores that drive high-school history teachers to drink. When NEWSWEEK recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test, 29 percent couldn’t name the vice president. Seventy-three percent couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War. Forty-four percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar.