More Budget for Az Education? For What?

A Survey of Civic Knowledge Among Arizona High School Students,” conducted by Dr. Matthew Ladner, Vice President for Research at the Goldwater Institute, found that out of 1,140 students surveyed, only 40 or 3.5%  of Arizona high school students have learned the basic history, government and geography necessary to pass the U.S. Citizenship test.

Here are the survey questions, the correct answers, and in parentheses the percentage of government-school students providing the correct answer.

1. What is the supreme law of the land? 70.5% missed the correct answer, the Constitution

2. What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution? 75% didn’t know its the Bill of Rights

3. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress? 77% of the new voters in 2010 and 2012 failed to know the House and Senate.

4. How many Justices are on the Supreme Court? 90.6% didn’t know the right answer is 9.  [maybe Sandra Day O’Connor should focus on this and not changing Arizona in the back room]

5. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? Only 25.3% knew it was Thomas Jefferson.  [But I’ll wager the majority of them know who Rosa Parks was or how to put a condom on a banana.]

6. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States? This one blows the mind!  Over 41% couldn’t answer this simple question!!  What are they doing with those education dollars anyway???

7. What are the two major political parties in the United States? Nearly as many Arizona high school students missed this question as voters who bought “CHANGE” in the last election.  50.4% failed to know the two major U.S. political parties.  But I’ll bet they know what are the two top “party schools” in the U.S.

8. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years? Only 14.5% knew the correct answer.  Maybe that’s why U.S. Senators are elected for life?

9. Who was the first President of the United States? A whopping 73.5% missed this question.  What *are* they teaching in U.S. History these days anyway?

10. Who is in charge of the Executive Branch?  This explains why Obama can appoint all the Czars he wants and why Federal agencies seem often above the law.  74% missed this question!

These results are out of a survey population of 1,140 Arizona High School Students! Remember this the next time Arizona teachers are in the national news at the poolside bar!


  1. The results of this survey are an indictment against the AEA and the Democrats who constantly harp about “diversity” and “social justice” at the expense of true education in our schools. Just look at what’s in the news about Tucson schools requiring teachers to mete out discipline based on ethnicity–not on actual disciplinary issues. We now have quota-based punishment in the classroom! There will continue to be a rush to private schools as the left continues to dumb-down our entire culture. Heaven help us all–please!


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