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Reject ignorance: Make an effort to be informed

 
By Derek Gean
Assistant editor
dgean@gannett.com

Pop Quiz. Who is the governor of Missouri? How many vacancies are currently on the Supreme Court? Who is our current Secretary of Defense?

Did you know at least some of the answers, or did you have to guess?

I am betting at least one of these questions left you stumped.

In 2011, Newsweek asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test, and 29 percent could not name the vice president.

The study also found that 73 percent couldn’t say why we fought the Cold War; 40 percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights, and 6 percent couldn’t circle Independence Day on a calendar.

As a person whose job is to dive into the details and try to break it down for the public, the results of this…     Read More...