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    Intercollegiate Studies Institute Civic Literacy Report Conclusion

    http://www.americancivicliteracy.org...onclusion.html
    Quote Originally Posted by ISI
    So what does the entire body of ISI's civic literacy research say about the current status of such enlightened citizenship?

    The answer to the first question is both simple and disheartening, “not very.” Let us review some of the major findings from ISI's previous reports:
    • ISI has surveyed over 28,000 undergraduates from over 80 separate colleges, and the average score on our basic 60-question civic literacy exam was about a 54%, an “F.”
    • At elite schools like Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Duke, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins, their freshmen did better than their seniors on the same test, what ISI dubs “negative learning.”
    • Among adults, those with a college degree also failed on average ISI's civic literacy test, scoring little higher than their peers with a high school diploma.
    • College-educated adults were particularly ignorant of the Founding and Civil War eras, constitutional themes, and the essential features of a market economy.


    The only conclusion one can draw from these findings is that a college degree falls short in “enlightening” its students in the fundamental aspects of American republicanism. And contrary to conventional wisdom, ISI's research reveals that especially at elite schools, there is a significant disconnect between formal higher education on the one hand, and greater civic learning on the other.
    Hmm, "negative learning" correlated with pedagogical exposure!

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    The only conclusion one can draw from these findings is that a college degree falls short in “enlightening” its students in the fundamental aspects of American republicanism.
    It is not the 'degree', it is those loony lib moonbat faculty members that fell short.

    The ISI folks must have gotten their degrees from the same institutions that the 'F' crowd got their degrees from.

    Too funny.
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

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