Nicholas Giordano, a professor of Political Science at Suffolk Community College in New York and a Campus Reform Higher Education fellow, gives his students a citizenship exam at the beginning of a new semester.
Giordano asks “very basic questions about our founding and our system of governance.” Some questions include who the Speaker of the House is, who is considered the founder of the Constitution, and how many Supreme Court justices there are.
Students overwhelmingly fail both parts of the exam. This semester only 11 students out of approximately 175 students passed, Giordano said.
He says it’s, “a shameful indictment of our K-12 education system.”
The professor notes how the American education system is obsessed with “introducing complex controversial theories to students who have not developed the brain capacity or critical thinking skills to understand complex issues such as gender fluidity and critical race theory.”