October 7, 2006
Colleges Fail to Teach Civic Literacy
From the Chronicle (for subscribers):
"American colleges and universities are failing to instill "civic literacy" in their students, according to a new report by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
Most students who responded to a survey fumbled, the report says, when asked to name the final battle of the American Revolution (Yorktown), incorrectly defined "federalism" (the distribution of power between a central authority and several constituent states), and failed to identify the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine (to block foreign expansion in the Western Hemisphere), to name just a few of the apparently little-known facts and concepts of American history mentioned in the survey questionnaire."
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