Education fail: Nearly 10 percent of college grads think Judge Judy on Supreme Court

judge judyIt seems that American colleges are producing an entire generation of low-information graduates, according to a study released in January by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

According to that study, 9.6 percent of college graduates think Judith Sheindlin, better known as “Judge Judy,” serves on the Supreme Court.  It gets even better.

Forty percent of college graduates surveyed didn’t know that Congress has the power to declare war and over half don’t know how the Constitution is amended.

Fox5 NY added:

• Almost half could not recognize that senators are elected to six year terms and representatives are elected to two-year terms.

• Less than half of college graduates knew that presidential impeachments are tried before the U.S. Senate.

In short, the study of 1,000 participants found that today’s college graduates “are alarmingly ignorant of America’s history and heritage.”

Previous reports also found an alarming lack of knowledge.  The report warned:

When surveys repeatedly show that college graduates do not understand the fundamental processes of our government and the historical forces that shaped it, the problem is much greater than a simple lack of factual knowledge. It is a dangerous sign of civic disempowerment.

That’s putting it mildly.  In short, today’s colleges are producing an entire generation of Americans who probably couldn’t find “up” on a map even with colored arrows and a detailed description.

It’s no wonder our country is in the shape it’s in.

Of course, those of us who watch such things aren’t surprised.

A 2014 poll showed that one in four were unaware that the Earth orbits the sun, while a 2015 poll showed that nearly one in five believe the First Amendment goes too far.  Another study found that one quarter do not know the United States separated from Great Britain.

But what can you expect from an education system that teaches a messianic view of Barack Obama and claims to see racism in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

Story after story highlights the failures in our education system, and it all can be traced to one word: Liberalism.

The study suggested:

Students who attend colleges with weak general education programs can make up for their schools’ shortcomings by carefully selecting courses that will expose them to a wide range of important areas, including a thorough grounding in American history and government. Parents should help their children identify essential fields and resist the allure of trendy courses that do not provide students with the foundation that they require to be effective citizens.

Those are good ideas under any circumstance.  But I’ve got an even better solution, although it may be a bit more difficult to implement.  Get rid of every whacked-out crazy liberal running our colleges and destroying our children with leftist propaganda.

I’m not going to hold my breath, however.

On the other hand, it might be rather interesting to see “Judge Judy” on the Supreme Court…


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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