Thursday, November 20, 2008

Missed Two--and I'd Argue About Both

Weber's challenge is here.

Only takes about 5 minutes.

My score was 93.94%.

10 comments:

K. Carpenter said...

I missed four, but I was pretty proud of myself, after seeing our elected officials score.

Reasonable Progressive said...

I only got an 84.85%. I was disappointed in myself for missing the Lincoln/Douglas question.

But that was pretty good for only skimming half the questions.;)

J. Gravelle said...

If I were a betting man, and I am, I'd wager that you're arguing #30 and #33...

-jjg
DailyScoff.com

Prosqtor said...

I missed the Keynesian-slanted recession-policy question, and misread two in my haste to complete the questions as quickly as possible (#33 was one of them). I finished in about 5 minutes tops, and should get bonus points for speed.

:)

Jay Bullock said...

100%. Sorry 'bout that.

St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

I missed three, including the two you likely missed, Dad.

Dad29 said...

JGrav: 29 and 33. Good guess...

Jay B: Great!!! You carefully impart that knowledge to the darlings under your control daytimes, right?

Al said...

"If I were a betting man, and I am, I'd wager that you're arguing #30 and #33..."

Those are the 2 I missed.

What surprized me was how high the average score was. Apparently all of us helped to raise it.

Anonymous said...

To Al and all,

The higher scores on-line versus those taken in colleges and universities are likely due to the fact that this site and others refer larger than average numbers of people that are highly interested in politics and national affairs. This interest should, though doesn't necessarily, equate to a higher level of knowledge of civic matters.

The lower numbers reported in the actual survey (at schools) are taken from all ranks of college students regardless of interests or majors. While there would be some PoliSci majors in that group it would also include Art, English, Social Welfare, African-American Studies and Women's Issues majors. Decide for yourselves if those majors would be more or less likely to produce high scores on civic knowledge. Right, I don't think so either.

It is both very revealing and very disappointing that the average (below 50%) for all takers is as low as it is. There are a few questions which are somewhat obscure but most are straight out of 6th grade civics class. But, perhaps I belie my age by referring to Civics class since I doubt many schools require anything like that at all anymore. Not enough time for Civics with classes on diversity, self esteem, hope and change being the more important missions of schools these day.

Really, I guess it's hopeful that students could get scores as high as they did. Being in business and in a position to read what new entrants to the business community write, I see everyday how abysmal the level of writing ability is today. It's a wonder that, having graduated from college, they can read at all. "Punctuation? Waz at?"

My score? 90.xx%. Sorry for the low score. I wasn't able to complete college and get a degree.

Anon

J. Gravelle said...

I think if you got more than two right it disqualifies you from ever becoming a card-carrying member of the DNC.

Not that they'd want you to carry an ID in the first place...


-jjg
DailyScoff.com