Wednesday, December 13, 2006

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December 15: Bill of Rights Day
President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Bill of Rights Day in 1941 noting the
150th anniversary of its ratification. President Roosevelt urged all Americans to
display the flag on this date, and to plan appropriate ceremonies honoring the occasion.

Civic Literacy, how important is it? Two surveys of college students are not optimistic: ACTA (1999) and ISI (2005) –both report that college under-

graduates know little about American history, government or foreign affairs. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) revealed 81% of seniors from the top 55 U.S. colleges and universities failed a high school level history exam, and that none of the institutions surveyed requires a course in American history. Three-quarters require no history at all.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s “The Coming Crisis in Citizenship” reports that college undergraduates know little about America’s history, government or foreign affairs. 14,094 students at 50 colleges were asked 60 questions about U.S. history. The average college senior scored well below 70%. The average score was a disappointing 53.2%.

Sites of Interest

Today in History: Library of Congress American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

The Bill of Rights Institute educates young people about the words and ideas of
America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.

The Youth Urban Agenda/Civic Literacy Project is an international civic education program housed at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

or Check out a Book !

The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance. Hentoff, Nat. 323.49 HENTO 2003
Hentoff, a veteran defender of civil liberties, elaborates on the legal "steamroller" unleashed after September 11 that he contends is diminishing our civil rights.

If you mind your own business, you won't be minding mine. Hank Williams

1 comment:

marystan said...

Thank you, these are some great resources and I'm sure I'll spread the word. It's such an important topic. Keep up the good blog.