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Memo to President Obama: Be Careful What You Wish For

jripp Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:41 PM
Respondents had a range of educational attainment from high school diplomas to advanced degrees. Questions came from past institute surveys, as well as from nationally recognized exams, such as the U.S. government’s citizenship test and the National Assessment of Education Progress test. Respondents also were asked questions regarding their level of engagement in other activities that may or may not contribute to civic literacy. The average score for all Americans who took this straightforward civic literacy test was 49 percent, or an “F,” proving the apple doesn’t fall far from the civically illiterate tree.
Perhaps we should have warned the candidates at the beginning of the 2012 presidential election: Be careful what you wish for.

Perhaps we should have warned the candidates at the beginning of the 2012 presidential election: Be careful what you wish for.

Congratulations are in order to President Obama, who ran a tactically effective campaign to hold the White House. After a bruising campaign, he and his supporters are understandably cheered by Tuesday’s result. But there’s not going to be much of a honeymoon period, due to the depth and seriousness of our nation’s long-term challenges.

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