life, liberty, and our fading heritage?


Finish this statement:

“Life, liberty, and __________________________”





Know it??

It’s “the pursuit of happiness.”


How much do you really know about our rights and history of this country? Sadly, not a lot of citizens know and, wait for it, an even lower number of elected officials know!!

How much do you know?? ISI, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, made a Civic Literacy Test as part of their American Civic Literacy Program. The results are depressingly shocking. See how you do by clicking the link below and visit their site to read about their findings, statistics on answers, and more.


Take the quiz at

I didn’t do too bad but I definitely need to brush up. Jon? He got a 72%.  We scored between a Master’s and Doctorate’s level average score.



SO, how’d you do??? Did you rock it?? or did you eat it?


What can we all do from here????


While earning a bachelor’s degree increases civic knowledge more than any other single factor (+6.9% on the test), the civic knowledge gained from engaging in frequent conversations about public affairs, reading about current events and history, and participating in more involved civic activities is greater than the gain from a bachelor’s degree alone.

  • Frequently discussing public affairs and history with family and friends adds 5.5% to a respondent’s score on the civic literacy test.
  • Reading about history and current events in books, magazines, and newspapers for an average of 15 hours per week adds 1.5% to a respondent’s score.
  • Americans who make habits of both frequently conversing about public affairs and history and also reading about these subjects for an average of 15 hours per week increase their civic knowledge by 7%—slightly more than the 6.9% gained from earning a college degree.
  • More involved political activities (beyond merely voting)—such as attending a political rally, giving money to a political campaign, signing a petition, or publishing a letter to the editor—are also associated with higher test scores. A respondent’s score increases by 1.7% for each one of these activities. This finding corroborates a key finding of ISI’s previous civic literacy surveys that greater learning about America goes hand-in-hand with more active citizenship.
  • Twenty-four-hour cable news channels are not a boon to civic knowledge. Respondents lose 0.08% on their test score for each hour they spend each week watching TV news programs and documentaries.
  • Electronic media is not all bad. Active use of the Internet is positively correlated with higher test scores. Respondents who frequently explore social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace score higher than respondents who do not.

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And maybe the most disturbing of it all:




For the love!!!! ;-)  Just had to share.  PS – Post your score in the comments. Don’t be shy! We all have a lot to learn!


About Bre

I'm a naturally-minded homeschool mom with a knack for acquiring overdue library fees. Follow along for our crazy shenanigans against the mainstream current.

Posted on November 22, 2008, in random, the everyday and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. 52%
    Can I plead the fact that I don’t live in America right now as being the reason I did so terrible? haha!

  2. 28 out of 33 correct — 84.85 % . . . . Hi, Bre! I’m Lorrie, a friend of Jon’s from IBC (I’m now in San Antonio). I keep up with your blog, and thought I’d share our score. My hubby and I worked together, which might have been cheating :o)

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