(NEW YORK) — The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) released a sobering new report that shows that a college education ain’t what it used to be.
The report, “A Crisis in Civic Education,” noted recent college grads that were surveyed lack common knowledge about basic facts about the country — from the length of time members of Congress serve, to the fact that Judge Judy is not, in fact, a Supreme Court justice.
Believe it or not, upwards of 10 percent of college grads surveyed thought the popular TV judge was.
“Studies show that our colleges and universities are doing little or nothing to address the knowledge gap,” the report noted. “A recent survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) of over 1,100 liberal arts colleges and universities found that only a handful — 18% — require students to take even one survey course in American history or government before they graduate.”
What’s more, ACTA noted that college graduates over the age of 65 knew far more about these basics than did college graduates between the ages of 25-34 — and that’s despite the latter group’s confidence in what they thought they knew.
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