College students struggle with History

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    Civics Quiz

    You answered 50 out of 60 correctly — 83.33 %
    Average score for this quiz during September: 74.9%
    Average score since September 18, 2007: 74.9%

    You can take the quiz as often as you like, however, your score will only count once toward the monthly average.

    If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email americancivicliteracy@isi.org.
    You can consult the following table to see how freshmen and seniors scored on each question as part of the survey administration.

    I did ok, I answered real quick.
     
  3. dswoodley thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    me too. I got 54/60. Some were lucky answers though. I am a history instructor, but I specialize in Ancient history, not American history. i have never read Edmund Burke and am pretty insufficient when it comes to economics.
     
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    That's the thing with history. It's tough to get all the nitty gritty details of all aspects of every period when you don't devote large amounts of time to the study of it.

    I'm good with architectural history, and history as it relates to architecture. That was the focus of my history classes in college. I've got a decent bredth of knowledge of history, but not that much depth in any area outside of structures.

    Of course, I'm sure large quantities of students would similarly fail at a quiz designed to test their knowledge of gothic cathedrals...
     
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    I did best in economics. Missed that Burke question too. I am a year out of B-school, and I was a history minor in undergrad.

    I bet the members of MR could collectively do better than Harvard:D
     
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    As they would the finer points of Stoicism, neoplatonism, and all things Pericles!

    Since this test was mostly about american civics and related issues, I would hope for some higher degree of competency though.

    BTW, how long did those cathedral things take to make?
     
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    That usually depended on how many times it fell down before finishing. ;)

    Notre Dame, as I recall, took almost 200 years from start to finish. I can only imagine the look on a client's face if I presented them a construction schedule stretching out into the 23rd century...
     
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    I got an 80%. Not too bad but I haven't had a history class since 11th grade back in 1992 (unless you count my college mythology class as history).

    That is a very amusing thought.
     
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    I can hear it now....

    Yeah... Your Great great grandkids are gonna love it!:p
     
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    See! We're already beating Harvard!
     
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    Hmm, a shade over 63%. Not as good as you guys but as a non-American who went to art college I'll settle for what I scored. ;)
     
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    93.33%

    What was with all the Greek stuff, by the way?
     
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    Societal Philosophy is a part of Civics. Thats why you get Locke and Burke too.
     
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    80% here. Not too shabby for an Anglo with dementia caused by extreme old age.
     
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    That's actually pretty damn good compared to the seniors of America's most prestigious institutions of high learning/higher tuition. Something to be said for dementia I'm sure.
     
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    Who cares about this stuff when students don't even know what happened 5 or 10 years ago? Frankly, unless they are Americanists, this sort of 'history' is just pure propaganda...
     
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    American, Amerikaner, Americanist.

    Superlatively American, I suppose.
     
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    83.3% here. I did really well with the philosophy, history and poli sci-type questions. Economics, not my strong suit.
     
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    Ohhh... you mean a Republican.

    I hear that's the most American an American can be.
     
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    You answered 51 out of 60 correctly — 85.00 %


    Not bad for an engineer who's way too far removed from civics classes.

    I wonder if anyone answered 'The Alamo' for the American Revolution...
     
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    A few Natives might disagree. ;)
     

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