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Want an answer to why America's best-educated sons and daughters aren't demanding an end to deficit spending Deficit spending

When government spending overwhelms government revenue resulting in government borrowing.


deficit spending

Expenditures that are in excess of revenues during a given period of time.
, undeclared wars, mushrooming federal programs, and attacks on the Bill of Rights? A little-known organization based in Wilmington, Delaware Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware and is located at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. , provides one, and it turns out to be a stinging indictment of the most expensive and most highly rated colleges and universities.

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Founded in 1953, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc., or (ISI), is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1953. Its members, over 50,000 college students and faculty across the United States, take advantage of programs designed to supplement a collegiate education and to  works to "nurture in the rising generation an appreciation of our nation's founding principles," described by ISI ISI International Sensitivity Index, see there  as "limited government, individual liberty, private property, a tree market economy, personal responsibility, and ethical standards." Claiming volunteer representatives at more than 900 colleges, the nonprofit ISI conducts educational programs, distributes ISI books, and even offers graduate fellowships to aspiring college teachers.

Starting in 2005, the ISI has conducted an annual survey of college students to determine their knowledge of America's history and institutions. The results of that initial survey were a wake-up call. Results from the newer 2006 survey, released in September 2007, show again that "the nation's college freshmen and seniors again scored just over 50 percent, or an E" Over 14,000 randomly selected collegians at 50 colleges and universities took the test. Participants were asked 60 multiple-choice questions dealing with America's history, government, America and the world, and the market economy. Assistance in the project came from the University of Connecticut's nationally and internationally recognized Department of Public Policy.

At the ISI's September press conference held at Washington's National Press Club, the group's leaders issued a 40-page report entitled Failing Our Students, Failing America: Holding Colleges Accountable for Teaching America's History and Institutions. The report's major findings include:

* "College seniors failed a basic test on America's history and institutions."

* "Colleges stall student learning about America."

* "America's most prestigious universities performed the worst."

* "Inadequate college curriculum contributes to failure."

* "Greater learning about America goes hand-in-hand with more active citizenship Active citizenship generally refers to a philosophy espoused by some organizations and educational institutions. It often states that members of companies or nation-states have certain roles and responsibilities to society and the environment, although those members may not have ."

Retired General Josiah Bunting III Josiah Bunting III (born 1939) is an American educator. He has been a military officer, college president, and an author and speaker on education and Western culture. Biography  serves as the chairman of ISFs National Civic Literacy Board. The former superintendent at Virginia Military Institute Virginia Military Institute (VMI), at Lexington; state supported; chartered and opened 1839 as the first state military college in the United States. Although one of the leading U.S. , Bunting admitted being "the bearer of bad news." He pointed out that "higher education higher education

Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art.
 is a $325 billion business where, at many prestigious universities, presidents earn half-a-million dollars a year or more." But, he noted, many of the most elite institutions, such as Cornell, Yale, Princeton, Duke, and Pennsylvania, "are simply not doing enough to help preserve our traditions of freedom and representative government."

Here are three sample questions in the survey (along with the correct answer and the percentage of seniors who answered correctly):

The Bill of Rights explicitly prohibits: (d; 48 percent)

a) prayer in public school.

b) discrimination based on race, sex, or religion.

c) ownership of guns by private citizens.

d) establishing an official religion for the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .

e) the President from vetoing a line item in a spending bill.

The warning to the American people An American people may be:
  • any nation or ethnic group of the Americas
  • see Demographics of North America
  • see Demographics of South America
 to avoid entangling alliances and involvement in Europe's wars is found in: (b; 36 percent)

a) President Eisenhower's Farewell Address.

b) President Washington's Farewell Address.

c) Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points.

d) The League of Nations Covenant.

e) The Treaty of Versailles The Treaty of Versailles was the agreement negotiated during the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 that ended World War I and imposed disarmament, reparations, and territorial changes on the defeated Germany.  of 1919.

What is federalism federalism.

1 In political science, see federal government.

2 In U.S. history, see states' rights.
federalism

Political system that binds a group of states into a larger, noncentralized, superior state while allowing them
?: (d; 44 percent)

a) A political party at the time of the Founding.

b) A set of essays defending the Constitution.

c) A political system where the national government has ultimate power.

d) A political system where state and national governments share power.

e) A belief that America should be unified with a transcontinental railroad transcontinental railroad, in U.S. history, rail connection with the Pacific coast. In 1845, Asa Whitney presented to Congress a plan for the federal government to subsidize the building of a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific. .

General Bunting agreed that answers to most of the questions in the survey should have been learned in high school but obviously weren't. He pointed out that freshmen at most of the surveyed colleges did better than seniors, meaning that essential knowledge was lost during four years of "higher" education.

ISI wants to "hold colleges accountable" for the poor job they are doing. The organization bluntly questions whether parents and students are "getting their money's worth." Even more, ISI wants to know whether "taxpayers and legislators ... alumni and philanthropists ... college trustees ... and others" are getting what they pay for when they shovel money into these institutions.
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Title Annotation:THE LAST WORD
Author:McManus, John F.
Publication:The New American
Date:Nov 12, 2007
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