“As much as I loved in those youthful days the New York Yankees of Mickey Mantle and Bobby Richardson and the Indy 500 of A.J. Foyt and Roger Ward, it was America — Washington crossing the Delaware, the Constitution and The Federalist Papers, Calhoun and Webster debating, the settling of the West, America’s role in winning two world wars, and the incredible freedom of our people — that moved me like nothing else.”
(Mark Tapscott – PJ Media) It was not long after I picked up and began reading my friend Tim Goeglein’s profoundly important new book — Toward A More Perfect Union: The Moral and Cultural Case for Teaching the Great American Story — that it had me all but in tears.
I came upon this paragraph in which Goeglein…cites the results of a 2009 survey of public high school students in Oklahoma, the state in which I grew up during the 1950s and 1960s:
“For example, a 2009 survey of Oklahoma public high school students found, when faced with 10 questions drawn from the U.S. citizenship test all legal immigrants must take to become citizens, the students floundered. Only one in four could correctly name George Washington as the first president of the United States. Only 10 percent of them knew there are nine justices on the Supreme Court, and only 29 percent knew the president headed the executive branch of government. Only three percent were able to answer six out of the 10 questions, the passing score for the U.S. citizenship test.”
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