A recent national survey commissioned by The American Revolution Center revealed an alarming lack of knowledge of our nation’s founding history. An astonishing 83 percent of American adults failed the test.
Among results that reveal the depth of ignorance among our fellow citizens:
- A majority of Americans do not know that the Bill of Rights is part of the US Constitution. Many more know that alleged child molester Michael Jackson sang Beat It.
- More than one-third of US adults do not know the century in which the American Revolution took place (18th), but 60 percent can correctly identify the number of children on reality-TV show couple Jon and Kate Gosselin’s household (eight).
- Half of those surveyed believe the Civil War (1861-65), Emancipation Proclamation (1863), or War of 1812 occurred before the American Revolution (1775-83).
- More than half of those surveyed wrongly attributed the quote, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” to George Washington, Thomas Paine, or Barack Hussein Obama (the only one of the three who believes the statement). It is, in fact, a quote from Karl Marx, author of The Communist Manifesto.
You can download a copy of the survey report here. And remember to teach your children and grandchildren American history. Government-run schools obviously do not.