How many people that live in Rockford, do you think understand the Constitution?

I remember taking U.S. History in high school and having to pass the Constitution test to graduate.

There seems to be a lot of arguing in our country about what we can and can not do. People throwing out the words like freedom and rights quite a bit.

I often wonder if they really understand what that means. Do they understand what the Constitution says?

The results from a recent survey done by annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org might surprise you.

  • "More than a third of those surveyed (37 percent) can’t name any of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment."
  • "Only a quarter of Americans (26 percent) can name all three branches of government."
  • "Nearly half of those surveyed (48 percent) say that freedom of speech is a right guaranteed by the First Amendment."
  • "37 percent could not name any First Amendment rights."

I know we don't recite the Constitution daily, but I think Americans should know the basics.

Maybe it should be like your driver's license. Every few years you have to take the written or driving test. I think would have a much better understanding.

What do you think?


 

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