Are Americans politically ignorant?

February 18, 2014 / Written By Bill O'Reilly / Fox News

From Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points Memo:

A recent study by "Newsweek" asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take the same test that is given to foreigners who want to become American citizens. By the way, about 92 percent of citizenship applicants passed that test so immigrants do well. But we, the people, do not.

Among U.S. citizens, 29 percent could not name the Vice President Joseph Biden; 43 percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights; 40 percent do not know America fought Japan and Germany in World War II -- 40 percent; 73 percent do not know communism was the main concern of the Cold War; and 67 percent of American citizens do not know that our economic system is capitalism. That's a disaster.

So what's going on? It's quite clear that the public school system is a main culprit. It's no longer teaching history, geography or civics in an effective way. I'm generalizing I know there are some good schools but most public schools could not care less about instructing young Americans how their country works.

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