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Students Flunk U.S. History Test: Congress Calls on Teachers to 'Redouble Efforts'

This report from Education World focuses on the results released last month of a survey of the knowledge of American history among college seniors at America's elite institutions. Five hundred students at the nation's best colleges and universities took the one hundred-question phone survey conducted by the Center for Survey Research and Analysis (CSRA) at the University of Connecticut. "Sixty-five percent of the students -- from such schools as Yale, Northwestern, Smith, and Bowdoin -- failed to 'pass' the test and only one student answered all 34 questions correctly." Among some of the more surprising results: 26 percent of the students asked thought the Articles of Confederation, rather than the Constitution, established the division of powers between the states and the federal government; and 34 percent could not correctly identify the axis powers during World War II. The results have caused sufficient consternation in Congress to lead to the passing of a sternly worded resolution calling on public schools to do better in educating students in American history. The article offers links to the resolution as well as to the survey results, the test, and the correct answers.
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July 11th, 2000
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April 7th, 2003 at 2:00pm
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April 7th, 2003 at 2:00pm
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