At a National Archives ceremony last Friday in
In a video,
It was a noble sentiment that once resonated with Americans who believed passing along their history to a new generation of citizens was something that ought to be done. Not anymore.
One of the new citizens,
This attitude may be one factor contributing to an increasingly divided America. The other is equally disturbing.
A recent poll conducted by the
The poll found that 37 percent of those interviewed could not name any of the five rights protected by the First Amendment. Forty-eight percent got freedom of speech right. Thirty-three percent could not name one of the three branches of government and only 26 percent correctly named all three.
One can't have a country if citizens are ignorant of its origins and purpose. When I was in public school, civics was a required subject. That it is rarely taught today likely explains the disturbing Annenberg poll results. Adds Jamieson: "These results emphasize the need for high-quality civics education in the schools and for press reporting that underscores the existence of constitutional principles."
Good luck with that. In an era emphasizing diversity and multiculturalism and the fear that anyone teaching the superiority of the
Another study by the
Ignorance about the documents that founded and have sustained America through many challenges ensures the country we have known will not be recognized by future generations. That is fine with some on the far left who appear embarrassed and ashamed of America and think it the cause of many of the world's problems.
The problem begins in the public schools and extends into overpriced universities. Writing in last Saturday's
Higher education's failure to educate produces graduates who find it difficult to find jobs and must return home to live with parents. Unfortunately, when they return they're burdened with crushing student loan debt, which according to the
So desperate are graduates to wipe out their debt that the personal finance website, Credible, surveyed millennials (ages 18 to 34) and found that 50 percent of them would give up their right to vote during the next two presidential election cycles in order to never make another loan payment.
What does this say about our next generation of Americans?
These polls demonstrate the failed products of a once-great American education system. It is why those who can afford it are turning to private schools or to home-schooling. Many consider public education to be America's last monopoly, but these polls indicate that it isn't working for individual Americans and it isn't working for the nation.