Can you answer the following questions?
- What is the supreme law of the land?
- What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
- What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
- How many Justices are on the Supreme Court?
- Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
- What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
- What are the two major political parties in the United States?
- We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
- Who was the first President of the United States?
- Who is in charge of the executive branch?
Hopefully you can answer all of these basic questions correctly. But these questions were presented to 1,134 [public] high school students in Arizona, and not a single one could answer more than seven out of ten correctly.
The biggest shocker (for me) is that more than 73% couldn’t name George Washington as our first president.
However, one might suggest that government funded schools haven't failed. They have succeeded beyond all expectation.