"An American can earn a college degree without gaining adequate civic knowledge (and in some cases, even lose knowledge)," the report said. "This must change if we want future generations of Americans to believe in the relevance of our nation's founding principles and to maintain a self-governing society where freedom and opportunity flourish," it said.
Cites study that documents graduates' shifting perspectives
By Bob Unruh
Posted: March 03, 2010 ~ 10:50 pm Eastern
© 2010 WorldNetDaily
Talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh says a new study of college students that indicates only a fraction are learning civics lessons but many are adopting liberalism is "infuriating" but not surprising.
Limbaugh cited the American Civic Literacy survey conducted periodically by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
Among the results were that 51 percent of the respondents could not name the three branches of government, and 27 percent could not name even one right or freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment.
"This goes on and on and on," Limbaugh said.
However, the report concluded, colleges are doing an exemplary job indoctrinating students into liberalism.
The work found:
- College makes people more likely to support same-sex marriage and abortion on demand, and less likely to support school prayer and the American work ethic
- A college degree moves a person toward the Democrat/liberal side of the political spectrum, while greater civic knowledge moves a person toward the Republican/conservative side.
- Gaining civic knowledge produces a more independent frame of mind than graduating from college
- College professors are more likely than non-professors to believe that America corrupts otherwise good people, the Ten Commandments are irrelevant and educators should instill more doubt among studentsThe survey organization said the report "clearly shows that college fails to give graduates a grasp of essential elements of American history, government and economics."
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