Are You Smarter Than an Elected Official?Submitted by JeffD on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 13:12
Intercollegiate Studies Institute's (ISI) Third National Study Reveals Just How Much (Or Little) American Citizens, College Graduates and Elected Officials Really Know About History and the Economy
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Now that the dust has settled from this year's landmark election, the general public will surely debate and question whether the right choices were made. One question that will be answered by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) is whether citizens who went to the polls knew enough about important civic subjects such as history and economics to even make informed decisions. And what about the civic literacy of the candidates for whom they voted? ISI's third national study uncovers new, startling results about our nation's civic literacy, including that of some of our own elected officials. The results, which will be revealed in a new report, also raise several new questions about:
* the impact of college, television and other factors on civic knowledge
* citizens' understanding of the economy and knowledge of our nation's founding
* college accountability for teaching American history, government and economics
The civic literacy of more than 2,500 randomly selected Americans was tested. Learn if Paula Abdul is more familiar to citizens than Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Find out how college graduates fared on some basic economic questions. Get a view from the states on the need for higher education reform with regard to the teaching of America's history, key texts and institutions. And discover if there really is an epidemic of historical and economic ignorance in our nation.
WHAT: News Conference, Light Breakfast and Luncheon/Panel Discussion
Intercollegiate Studies Institute's National Civic Literacy Board announces full results of its third study on our nation's knowledge of America's history and the economy.
WHEN:Thursday, November 20, 2008
Media Registration: 9:30 a.m.
News Conference on Study and Report - 10:00 a.m. sharp
Luncheon/Panel Discussion -12:00 p.m.
WHERE:National Press Club (Holeman Lounge, 13th Floor)
529 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20045
I'm sure we won't be surprised with what the study finds.
Is anyone familiar with the group conducting this study?