You might want to sit down, because you’re not going to believe what some college graduates in America believe right now.Twitter
Among other groan-inducing statistics, the report shows that almost 60 percent of college grads have no idea how the process of amending the U.S. Constitution works, or know that U.S. senators serve six-year terms while members of the U.S. House of Representatives serve two-year terms.
The group behind the study, The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), explains in a statement accompanying the report, entitled “A Crisis In Civic Education”:
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“Many of the figures may actually understate how poorly our colleges are doing because older respondents performed significantly better than younger ones. For example, 98.2% of college graduates over the age of 65 knew that the president cannot establish taxes — but only 73.8% of college graduates aged 25–34 answered correctly.”
Correspondingly, the majority of college grads 65 or older know how the Constitution is amended, but less than a third of grads between 25 and 34 seem to even have a basic grasp on it.
But the gem of the ACTA survey questions had to be, “Which of the following people serves on the U.S. Supreme Court?”
61.6 percent of America’s college graduates (as well as 44 percent of all Americans) correctly selected Elena Kagan.Image Credit: Twitter
But 9.6 percent of college grads also selected Judith Sheindlin—otherwise known as TV’s Judge Judy.Image Credit: Facebook
Past ACTA surveys suggest this is merely part of a running theme of decline in American civic and historic knowledge.
According to a 2015 survey, over one third of college-educated Americans could not place the Civil War within the correct 20-year time frame.
Oh, and about that Supreme Court question—6 percent of college grads said Secretary of State John Kerry is a Supreme Court justice.