April 2, 2011

38% of Americans failed the U.S. Citizenship Test when Newsweek asked us the questions. Yup, us citizens didn’t do so well. Our ignorance of international affairs is just as bad, maybe worse. Yup. 58% of Americans couldn’t identify the Taliban, while 68% of Danes and 75% of Brits and 76% of Danes could.

Why are we such slackers? The U.S. has one of the highest levels of inequality in the world – which produces lots of poor Americans with limited access to quality education. And, our decentralized education systems hurts us, too. With each state deciding what’s important to teach (and whether facts matter, for example, in Texas)…. then there isn’t much common knowledge.

Check out the article in the March 28/April 4, 2001 article in Newsweek: “Ignorant America: How Dumb Are We?”

Filed under: Social Commentary

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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