Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Constitution Day 2013 - how much do you know?

Today is Constitution Day.

It seems a bit ridiculous that Congress had to pass a law in 2004 to mandate the teaching of the U.S. Constitution in all publicly-funded educational institutions on this day, but they did.

You'd think that such an important document - unique in that it bound the actions of the federal government to specific, limited items - would be taught throughout a person's public education since it is the foundation of the principles of the nations. But alas...

If you've not read it in a while, you should do so - here.

And if you don't have your own pocket version, you can get one for free from multiple sources, including TheCapital.net or ConstitutionFacts.com. Others charge minimal fees from $1 on up, or provide copies with a donation to the organization.

And if you think you know the Constitution, you can take this quiz from ConstitutionFacts.com.

Surprisingly, Washington, D.C., had 15.21% of quiz takers achieving perfect scores. I say surprisingly because you'd think with being the top in the nation in terms of perfect scores, they'd be following it a bit more, but (again) alas...

Sadly, only 15% get perfect scores. Also, sadly, Ohio doesn't make the top in terms of perfect scores or highest average score. California has the highest average score of 6.68 out of 10. They don't give individual state scores but the East North Central region which includes Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin had an average score of 6.16, which is above the national average of 5.982.

But if you take the quiz, you'll see that the average score for people from Ohio is now 7.18 and the average score nationally is now 7.3.  That's probably because more people are taking it since today is Constitution Day.

So take the quiz and share it with your family and friends. I scored a 9 - comment here and let me know how you did.

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