A Student of History

September 18, 2007

Don’t know much about history

Filed under: The world today — John Maass @ 9:52 am

While this should come as no surprise to most folks in the field fo history and education (or both) the USA Today has an article on the fact that students typically know nothing about history.

Students don’t know much about history, and colleges aren’t adding enough to their civic literacy, says a report out today.

The study from the non-profit Intercollegiate Studies Institute shows that less than half of college seniors knew that Yorktown was the battle that ended the American Revolution or that NATO was formed to resist Soviet expansion. Overall, freshmen averaged 50.4% on a wide-ranging civic literacy test; seniors averaged 54.2%, both failing scores if translated to grades.

One can take the quiz used in the study at the site of the article as well.

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