“Government Accountability”

Since: Oct 07

Orange Cove

#1 Mar 21, 2011
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Saturday, March 19, 2011
THUMBS UP – THUMBS DOWN – The Fresno Bee

Thumbs up to Academic Decathlon teams from Fresno's University High School and Sanger's Hallmark Charter School, both of which advance to the national online competition next month. They earned the right to advance by winning the small- and medium-school divisions at the California Academic Decathlon last weekend.

There were 567 students representing 65 schools in the state competition in Sacramento.

Although it did not advance to nationals, Edison High School earned an impressive high overall score in the state competition. Edison's team placed fourth overall in the top 10 highest-scoring schools, but failed to win in the large school division where it competed.

Read more: http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/03/18/2315648/e...

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“Government Accountability”

Since: Oct 07

Orange Cove

#2 Mar 22, 2011
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How Dumb Are We?

NEWSWEEK gave 1,000 Americans the U.S. Citizenship Test--38 percent failed. The country's future is imperiled by our ignorance.

They’re the sort of scores that drive high-school history teachers to drink. When NEWSWEEK recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test, 29 percent couldn’t name the vice president. Seventy-three percent couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War. Forty-four percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar.

Don’t get us wrong: civic ignorance is nothing new. For as long as they’ve existed, Americans have been misunderstanding checks and balances and misidentifying their senators. And they’ve been lamenting the philistinism of their peers ever since pollsters started publishing these dispiriting surveys back in Harry Truman’s day.(He was a president, by the way.) According to a study by Michael X. Delli Carpini, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, the yearly shifts in civic knowledge since World War II have averaged out to “slightly under 1 percent.”

MORE ... http://www.newsweek.com/2011/03/20/how-dumb-a...

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