Immigration group’s video: How would the average American do on the U.S. naturalization test?

posted at 7:21 pm on April 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via TheBlaze, watch this and remember that these are the people who decide elections. Not you, not the lefties you see on Twitter breathing into paper bags about Thomas Piketty. It’s these people, the proverbial low-information voters, who somehow can’t identify a guy who’s been vice president for five years now and are still trying to master this whole legislative-executive-judicial thing. They’re the swing voters in 2016. Now try to sleep soundly tonight — if you dare.

But first, explain to me what the point of this is. It can’t be … this, can it?

Tony Hernandez, co-founder of the Immigrant Archive Project, told TheBlaze Monday that his group aimed to debunk the “misconception that it’s relatively easy [for immigrants] to get their citizenship.”

“We came to the understanding that the naturalization test is the easiest hurdle for immigrants,” he said. “And we thought it could shed some light on the experience to quiz Americans.”

This is like asking random men-on-the-street to solve for x in (x + 2)/2 = 5, then pronouncing it a hard problem because 40-50 percent of the people interviewed will inevitably scratch their heads and pronounce themselves stumped. It’s not a hard problem; an intelligent nine-year-old could solve it with an hour of tutoring on algebra. It’s really not a hard problem if you know the question’s coming and have been studying for it using the handy study sheet that the federal government makes publicly available on its naturalization website. The idea here, I suppose, is to show that it’s unfair to require an immigrant to master basic knowledge to gain citizenship that adult Americans aren’t required to know, but (a) the immigrant’s free to forget it the day after the test, just like ol’ Joe Sixpack did in school many years ago, and (b) most Americans are required to know this at some point as kids, not as the price of citizenship but as the price of advancing to the next grade. The real takeaway from the clip, besides the evergreen lesson that Americans are dumb, is that some immigration advocates object to placing even the smallest, most pro forma demands upon aspiring citizens before granting them full privileges. Something to bear in mind as Congress oozes towards compromise on immigration reform.

And no, contra the host here, George Washington didn’t sign the Declaration of Independence.


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There really should be proficiency tests in order to be eligible to vote.

ConstantineXI on April 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

The real question is: How would Barky fare?

ShainS on April 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I was told there would be no math.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

I have ADD and have very poor memory. And because of ADD I do poorly on tests.

But I know where to find the answers.

davidk on April 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

The real question is: How would Barky fare?

ShainS on April 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I doubt he could find the United States on a globe.

ConstantineXI on April 28, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Immigration group’s video: How would the average American do on the U.S. naturalization test?

They do have a point…Americans at large are pretty damn ignorant. That’s how we ended up with these knuckleheads running things so that this particular issue (ignoring the existence of our borders) came to be in the first place.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 28, 2014 at 7:27 PM

The American educational system has betrayed America, you can thank your local democrat for that.

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

There really should be proficiency tests in order to be eligible to vote.

ConstantineXI on April 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

There should be something, that’s for sure. People are, for the most part, utterly stupid. But an ID is certainly a test – appearing on videos like this one is another. Fail.

Chuck Ef on April 28, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I think it makes a case for testing voters more than anything else.

HotAirian on April 28, 2014 at 7:33 PM

There really should be proficiency tests in order to be eligible to vote.

ConstantineXI on April 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

That’s exactly what I was thinking, that these people get to vote simply by virtue of having been born here. And they are clueless. When you see this level of ignorance you could not stop wondering how on earth do these specimens perform any basic job and focus on it. Who the heck hire them and what do they say at job interviews :)..this will always be a mystery to me…

jimver on April 28, 2014 at 7:34 PM

The American educational system has betrayed America, you can thank your local democrat for that.

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

See my statement above…it’s a horse and cart argument. Dems didn’t get Americans to be more interested in feeling good than being knowledgeable and competent, nor spending more than they can afford, nor insisting on acting like perpetual teenagers, and so on. It was the decay of American society from long ago that allowed the likes of Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Obama, Biden, Reid, and dare I say Boehner, McCain and Cruz to get elected.

But the Dems certainly have been feeding off of our collective ignorance and taking advantage of our moral decay, and the Republicans as well from what I’ve been seeing over the last few years.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 28, 2014 at 7:35 PM

I could pass it.

Big government benefits from an ignorant populace. These people will make great subjects. I want to be free.

LilyBart on April 28, 2014 at 7:37 PM

If you remember the 2008 election, a lot of voters believed Sarah Palin actually said many of the things attributed to her by Saturday Night Live. Just remember Tina Fey is the ugly one (with cankles).

bw222 on April 28, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Tony Hernandez, co-founder of the Immigrant Archive Project, told TheBlaze Monday that his group aimed to debunk the “misconception that it’s relatively easy [for immigrants] to get their citizenship.”

The questions were not ‘hard’. They could easily be studied.

Because silly, ignorant people seem to dominate our country doesn’t make the test ‘hard.

LilyBart on April 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM

A few years ago The Christian Science Monitor asked that same question. They placed the citizenship exam online. It was 96 multiple choice questions and you only needed to get half right to pass and become a citizen. I took the test cold and scored 90 of 96 correct for 93.75%. Should I be embarrased by this low score? Question 60 was very misleading, it asked who was the first President of the United States. The answers were George Washington, John Adams, Abraham LIncoln and Thomas Jefferson. Of course none of these is correct. We all know the very first President was John Hansen.

MrsGsBoyTommy on April 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Immigration group’s video

Hmmm…..Immigration group = illegal alien lobby, right ?

burrata on April 28, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Now to be fair, I grew up in Canada. My British uncle was taking the Canadian citizenship test about four years ago and tested everyone in the family (all born in Canada) with the test questions on Canada. We failed. Every. Single. One. Of. Us.

So the Canadian education system clearly doesn’t focus on civics anymore than the American system does.

mjk on April 28, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Ok I’ll be the first…

X = 8

McBaine on April 28, 2014 at 7:42 PM

solve for x in (x + 2)/2 = 5

X is racist ?

burrata on April 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

The real question is: How would Barky fare?

ShainS on April 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM

It would be racist to even ask him to take it.

trigon on April 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I can only blame the teachers unions and the federal education department.

jukin3 on April 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

There really should be proficiency tests in order to be eligible to vote.

ConstantineXI on April 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

.
+(a very large number)

listens2glenn on April 28, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Ok I’ll be the first…

X = 8

McBaine on April 28, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Yes, but how do you feel about the number 8? That’s what’s really important, Comrade.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 28, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Ok I’ll be the first…

X = 8

McBaine on April 28, 2014 at 7:42 PM

.
Dittos.

listens2glenn on April 28, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Some of these people are so dumb, serfdom might be a step up for them.

trigon on April 28, 2014 at 7:46 PM

… the very first President was John Hansen.

MrsGsBoyTommy on April 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Six other presidents were elected after him – Elias Boudinot (1783), Thomas Mifflin (1784), Richard Henry Lee (1785), Nathan Gorman (1786), Arthur St. Clair (1787), and Cyrus Griffin (1788) – all prior to Washington taking office. Why don’t we ever hear about the first seven Presidents of the United States? It’s quite simple – The Articles of Confederation didn’t work well. The individual states had too much power and nothing could be agreed upon. A new doctrine needed to be written – something we know as the Constitution.

http://www.marshallhall.org/hanson.html

davidk on April 28, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I wonder how well Tony Hernandez, the interviewer, did before he was given the answers.

DAT60A3 on April 28, 2014 at 7:53 PM

find x in (x + 2)/2 = 5

There it is right there ^

Jeez… Why people find math hard is beyond me.

turfmann on April 28, 2014 at 7:54 PM

I would happily endorse a basic citizenship test for voters, if it was taken e.g. from an M Street High School, Paul Laurence Dunbar 10th grade civics test c. 1950.

The problem is that today any test of this sort would involve questions like, “When is Caesar Chavez’s birthday?”

Akzed on April 28, 2014 at 7:54 PM

The real question is: How would Barky fare?

ShainS on April 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I doubt he could find the United States on a globe.

ConstantineXI on April 28, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Well, at least he knows how many states there are in the Union.

Wait, what?

nukemhill on April 28, 2014 at 7:54 PM

The real question is: How would Barky fare?
ShainS on April 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Would he know who the VP is?

Akzed on April 28, 2014 at 7:55 PM

That’s a fair observation. To know it’s coming and study for it will get a better score than being blind sided. That said, one should still know the main political leadership players and your representatives. It’s the latter part and not being aware of the issues is where LIV come in.

TfromV on April 28, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Ok I’ll be the first…

X = 8

McBaine on April 28, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Wronggggggggggggggggg

You obviously aren’t a common core student.

X = Apples

HumpBot Salvation on April 28, 2014 at 7:56 PM

It would have been reaaalllly educational if after asking them dimwits about the US Constitution and history,
Hernandez would have asked them to twerk like molloy Miley for the camera !

burrata on April 28, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Wronggggggggggggggggg

You obviously aren’t a common core student.

X = Apples

HumpBot Salvation on April 28, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I thought X = Blue. Damn, I hate Common Core.

Bitter Clinger on April 28, 2014 at 7:59 PM

X = Apples

HumpBot Salvation on April 28, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Yes,
a female apple !

burrata on April 28, 2014 at 7:59 PM

X = 7, for high enough values of 7.

Saying X can only equal 8 is racist, sexist, ageist and ableist.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 28, 2014 at 8:03 PM

No one will ever convince me that the majority of those people, if they did vote, didn’t vote democrat.

rightside on April 28, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I saw this on Leno — 10 years ago./

CW on April 28, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I don’t even think most politically active people could tell you how many Amendments there are. It’s not something that comes up a lot. The 27th Amendment doesn’t effect anyone besides Congress critters, and the damn thing took over 200 years to get ratified. We haven’t had a really important Amendment for 43 years now.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 28, 2014 at 8:07 PM

So if an avowed enemy of the US can answer these questions after a little time studying does he pass and get his citizenship?/

Just stupid.

CW on April 28, 2014 at 8:08 PM

There really should be proficiency tests in order to be eligible to vote.

ConstantineXI on April 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

There really should be. My preferred proficiency test, pay your taxes. Look to your left, look to your right. Look at the government bill for the spending, find the number of adults in the nation. Now take the spending and divide by the number of adults, if your taxes for the year did not add up to this amount, you fail your proficiency test.

astonerii on April 28, 2014 at 8:09 PM

X = 7, for high enough values of 7.

Saying X can only equal 8 is racist, sexist, ageist and ableist.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 28, 2014 at 8:03 PM

And points to a eurocentrisim which underpins privilege.

We all know that all those illegal mexicans aren’t from Europe.

Um … wait … let me get back to you an that.

davidk on April 28, 2014 at 8:10 PM

And points to a eurocentrisim which underpins privilege.

We all know that all those illegal mexicans aren’t from Europe.

Um … wait … let me get back to you an that.

davidk on April 28, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Heh.

You reminded me of something I read recently. Supposedly, the vast majority of the world does not grant citizenship to the kids of illegals. The same site stated that NONE of Europe does. I found this very interesting.

CW on April 28, 2014 at 8:15 PM

How would the average American do on the U.S. naturalization test?

Can the average illegal even read the U.S. naturalization test? Or the one from their own country for that matter?

xblade on April 28, 2014 at 8:16 PM

X = 7, for high enough values of 7.

Saying X can only equal 8 is racist, sexist, ageist and ableist.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 28, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Well, any number more than 7. 7 is the white male of numbers. You can’t get more oppressive than 7, because everybody knows 7 8 9.

Axeman on April 28, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Fortunately, immigration classes aren’t straightjacketed by teachers’ unions.

Take a look at these old tests:

1912 8th Grade Proficiency Exam

1954 8th Grade Civics Test

1931 West Virginia 8th Grade Graduation Exam

Take these results from NYC for 194 students, all low-income minorities:

Success Academy 4 Charter School:

Math: 80% passed
English: 59% passed

P.S. 149:

Math: 5% passed
English: 11% passed

NYC: 79.3% of city public-school grads need remedial help before entering CUNY Community Colleges because they ‘haven’t mastered the basics of reading, writing, and math, and have to take non-credit remedial classes to catch up.’

Chicago: 79% of 8th Graders are not proficient in reading

Detroit: Only 10% of students from third to eighth grade are proficient in reading and math. As to be expected, the statistics get even worse as the students get older. Each year, kids in 11th grade take the Michigan Merit Exam to see if they are college-ready. In 2011, 90 percent of students failed the reading portion, 97 percent failed the math section, and 100 percent failed the social studies and science portions.

New Orleans: Before Katrina, New Orleans had only a 40 percent literacy rate and 50 percent of black students did not graduate high school in four years. After Katrina, 70% of students in New Orleans attend a charter school — the highest rate of any district in the nation. Additionally, the district now has an open choice policy that allows students to attend any public school regardless of their geographical location.

According to US News:

So far, the numbers show it has been mostly successful. A recent Stanford University study highlighted Louisiana…where charter schools outperform traditional pub­lic schools. Louisiana Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek reports that in New Orleans, the combined district test scores have risen 24 percent since 2005, when most stu­dents attended traditional schools.

40% of the city’s adults lack the literacy skills to comprehend basic government forms. The National Adult Literacy Survey indicates that 25 percent of U.S. adults read at the lowest functional level, meaning, for example, that they can locate an expiration date on a driver’s license but cannot fill out most motor-vehicle forms. In New Orleans, that figure is 44 percent, according to the survey.

Per the WSJ’s Literacy Scores Stall in Inner Cities: Urban Schools Way Below U.S. Average; Only Atlanta and L.A. Show Strong Gains:

Students in large U.S. inner cities are struggling to improve their reading ability, especially at middle-school levels, according to results from a national reading test released Thursday.

Only Atlanta and Los Angeles, two of the 11 urban centers that took the reading exam, showed statistically significant growth in eighth-grade reading from 2007 and 2009. They also were the only two to show growth since 2002.

The lackluster reading results follow the December release of urban math scores, which also showed stalled progress.

The stagnating scores of urban schools come at a key time in education reform. President Barack Obama has centered his education agenda on lifting the achievement of inner-city children. Their progress, especially in literacy skills, is critical to his push to keep the nation competitive in a global economy.

The highly regarded test is scored on a zero-to-500 point scale, with scores broken into “below basic,” “basic,” “proficient” and “advanced.” Students are considered to have passed the exam at the proficient level.

The test is more rigorous than most state exams. So while many urban districts report impressive gains on state tests, they cannot claim such progress on the NAEP.

Overall, urban schools scored far below the national averages in fourth- and eighth-grade reading. Most urban districts posted higher scores on both exams. But in many cases, the gains were not statistically significant, meaning they could have occurred by chance and might not reflect real growth.

At fourth grade, four of 11 inner-city districts saw an uptick in performance between 2007 and 2009, with the District of Columbia and Houston notching the largest gains. D.C. jumped from an average score of 197 to 203. But even that kept them at “below basic,” the lowest quartile on the scoring chart.

D.C. posted a slight gain if charter schools were removed from the equation. Unlike most national school districts, the D.C. public school system doesn’t have direct control of its charter schools. In the national data, D.C. charter schools were included in 2007, inflating the scores.

Houston improved from 206 to 211, landing them one step up in the “basic” category. The national average was 220 last year, the same score as 2007.

But eighth-grade reading proved a bigger hurdle. Only two districts showed progress, and even then, their scores were far below the nation. Atlanta posted a 250, Los Angeles a 244. The national average was 262. All of these scores are below the proficient level.

Resist We Much on April 28, 2014 at 8:17 PM

most of these people probably passed a test on these questions in school years ago after studying for it, just like the incoming immigrants would do.

dmacleo on April 28, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Which is why for decades I have said it should be mandatory for even native born citizens to pass the same test we give to prospective new citizens. The Founders never intended for the franchise to be universal, and the Republic cannot survive an electorate of imbeciles.

quikstrike98 on April 28, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Axeman on April 28, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Consequently, it’s 9 you must accept on all answers. Because 9 is the victim among numbers and we have to make up for 7′s oppression.

Axeman on April 28, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Well, any number more than 7. 7 is the white male of numbers. You can’t get more oppressive than 7, because everybody knows 7 8 9.

Axeman on April 28, 2014 at 8:17 PM

And the goose drank wine.

davidk on April 28, 2014 at 8:20 PM

…all the comedians do these ‘on the street’ videos…the answers haven’t changed…look who’s president!

KOOLAID2 on April 28, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Everyone registering to vote for the first time in a State, should have to pass this test – and 60% is a pretty low bar that should be raised.

Another Drew on April 28, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Typical cisgendered misogynist just reeks of micro-aggressions and h8.

Mimzey on April 28, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Part II

Per the WSJ’s Literacy Scores Stall in Inner Cities: Urban Schools Way Below U.S. Average; Only Atlanta and L.A. Show Strong Gains:

Students in large U.S. inner cities are struggling to improve their reading ability, especially at middle-school levels, according to results from a national reading test released Thursday.

Only Atlanta and Los Angeles, two of the 11 urban centers that took the reading exam, showed statistically significant growth in eighth-grade reading from 2007 and 2009. They also were the only two to show growth since 2002.

The lackluster reading results follow the December release of urban math scores, which also showed stalled progress.

The stagnating scores of urban schools come at a key time in education reform. President Barack Obama has centered his education agenda on lifting the achievement of inner-city children. Their progress, especially in literacy skills, is critical to his push to keep the nation competitive in a global economy.

The highly regarded test is scored on a zero-to-500 point scale, with scores broken into “below basic,” “basic,” “proficient” and “advanced.” Students are considered to have passed the exam at the proficient level.

The test is more rigorous than most state exams. So while many urban districts report impressive gains on state tests, they cannot claim such progress on the NAEP.

Overall, urban schools scored far below the national averages in fourth- and eighth-grade reading. Most urban districts posted higher scores on both exams. But in many cases, the gains were not statistically significant, meaning they could have occurred by chance and might not reflect real growth.

At fourth grade, four of 11 inner-city districts saw an uptick in performance between 2007 and 2009, with the District of Columbia and Houston notching the largest gains. D.C. jumped from an average score of 197 to 203. But even that kept them at “below basic,” the lowest quartile on the scoring chart.

D.C. posted a slight gain if charter schools were removed from the equation. Unlike most national school districts, the D.C. public school system doesn’t have direct control of its charter schools. In the national data, D.C. charter schools were included in 2007, inflating the scores.

Houston improved from 206 to 211, landing them one step up in the “basic” category. The national average was 220 last year, the same score as 2007.

But eighth-grade reading proved a bigger hurdle. Only two districts showed progress, and even then, their scores were far below the nation. Atlanta posted a 250, Los Angeles a 244. The national average was 262. All of these scores are below the proficient level.

Resist We Much on April 28, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Part I

Fortunately, immigration classes aren’t straight-jacketed by teachers’ unions.

Take a look at these old tests:

1912 8th Grade Proficiency Exam

1954 8th Grade Civics Test

1931 West Virginia 8th Grade Graduation Exam

Resist We Much on April 28, 2014 at 8:33 PM

The American educational system has betrayed America, you can thank your local democrat for that.

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Stupid voters tend to favor Democratics, so don’t expect Democratics to show any interest in improving K-12.

slickwillie2001 on April 28, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Part IA

Take these results from NYC for 194 students, all low-income minorities:

Success Academy 4 Charter School:

Math: 80% passed
English: 59% passed

P.S. 149:

Math: 5% passed
English: 11% passed

NYC: 79.3% of city public-school grads need remedial help before entering community colleges because ‘they haven’t mastered the basics of reading, writing, and math, and have to take non-credit remedial classes to catch up.’

Chicago: 79% of 8th Graders are not proficient in reading

Detroit: Only 10% of students from 3rd to 8th grade are proficient in reading and math. As to be expected, the statistics get even worse as the students get older. Each year, kids in 11th grade take the Michigan Merit Exam to see if they are college-ready. In 2011, 90% of students failed the reading portion, 97% failed the math section, and 100% failed the social studies and science portions.

New Orleans: Before Katrina, New Orleans had only a 40% literacy rate and 50% of black students did not graduate high school in four years. After Katrina, 70% of students in New Orleans attend a charter school — the highest rate of any district in the nation. Additionally, the district now has an open choice policy that allows students to attend any public school regardless of their geographical location.

According to US News:

So far, the numbers show it has been mostly successful. A recent Stanford University study highlighted Louisiana…where charter schools outperform traditional pub­lic schools. … in New Orleans, the combined district test scores have risen 24% since 2005, when most stu­dents attended traditional schools.

40% of the city’s adults lack the literacy skills to comprehend basic government forms. The National Adult Literacy Survey indicates that 25% of U.S. adults read at the lowest functional level, meaning, for example, that they can locate an expiration date on a driver’s license but cannot fill out most motor-vehicle forms. In New Orleans, that figure is 44%, according to the survey.

Resist We Much on April 28, 2014 at 8:37 PM

I’ll admit to missing on the amendments question, going for 26. All the others were easy.

…except that in many ways, Thomas Jefferson didn’t write the Declaration of Independence, he just grabbed John Locke’s writing and adapted it. I think perhaps he may have had other help. But Jefferson is the main writer, sure. Leastways, that’s what I remember from AP US History, and surely I didn’t get any attempted liberal indoctrination in that class…..

And was the Constitution really written in 1787? It began to be ratified in 1787.

(Quick search after writing that last paragraph shows the Constitutional Convention began in May 1787, ending September 17, 1787. I knew the September 17 date). No matter, I would have answered 1787 anyhow.

Andy in Colorado on April 28, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I got my citizenship right before the past presidential election and got to talk to the interviewer a bit. The test itself is as easy as can be. Before you go to the interview, you get a booklet with about 100 questions and answers. During the interview, the interviewer will ask ten of them and you are expected to answer six correctly.

Once I passed the interview and the test, I asked the interviewer how long it would take approximately till I’d need to come back for the naturalization ceremony. He said outright that since the elections were to happen in just a few weeks time, the government had them do overtime to make sure as many people as possible would get their citizenship the same day, ceremony and everything. So while the office was supposed to close by 1pm, much of the staff had to stay till past 7pm to pass out citizenships.

I asking him if that order had anything to do with immigrants predominantly voting Democrat, to which he nodded and told me that’s how the game works.

Waiting for the ceremony, I got to talk to a few fellow immigrants who were also waiting just to realize that many of them didn’t even speak rudimentary English and certainly not enough to pass an interview, let alone the citizenship quiz.

Wilmsch on April 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

We are beyond ripe for the chekists to start piling the bodies like cordwood.

Murphy9 on April 28, 2014 at 8:54 PM

You got 25 of 25 possible points.
Your score: 100 %

Good job! You have completed the practice naturalization self-test 1.

Yeah, whatever.

astonerii on April 28, 2014 at 9:03 PM

x=2^3

lorien1973 on April 28, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Only Atlanta and Los Angeles, two of the 11 urban centers that took the reading exam, showed statistically significant growth in eighth-grade reading from 2007 and 2009. They also were the only two to show growth since 2002.

This was probably due to all the cheating by the school administration.

Barred on April 28, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Barred on April 28, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Atlanta, that is.

Barred on April 28, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Why should gaining citizenship be easy or convenient? Shouldn’t we limit immigration to the most enthusiastic, loyal, hard working and skilled?

ElectricPhase on April 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM

I still say that nobody that doesn’t own land should be allowed to vote.

Now, knowing these liberal shysters you’d end up with 200 million mexicans owning 1 square inch of desert each. That’s why you don’t let liberals write laws….obamacare anyone?

Diluculo on April 28, 2014 at 10:30 PM

…except that in many ways, Thomas Jefferson didn’t write the Declaration of Independence, he just grabbed John Locke’s writing and adapted it. I think perhaps he may have had other help. But Jefferson is the main writer, sure. Leastways, that’s what I remember from AP US History, and surely I didn’t get any attempted liberal indoctrination in that class…..

Andy in Colorado on April 28, 2014 at 8:41 PM

And Adams and Franklin were both on the Declaration committee, so the woman who guess Franklin and Adams as the author of the Declaration of Independence wasn’t completely wrong.

CJ on April 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Fail.
John HansOn.
Not Hansen.

connertown on April 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

They should have essay questions about the founding fathers views on federalism and strong overreaching federal government.

I still don’t understand how people do not know who the vice president is.

tommer74 on April 29, 2014 at 12:02 AM

The test was not difficult. What was more difficult for me was to get a Ph.D., then a couple of post-docs, and only then a permanent position, which allows one to legally apply for a Green Card. Then 5 more years, then finally an application for citizenship, background checks, exams, etc. I know what you are thinking… how come you didn’t display an Act of Love by jumping the border? Well, I didn’t know this is how you show love.

Anyway, all in all 14 years of legally being in the US before obtaining citizenship. Just keep that in mind when they start telling you 6 years or whatever is too much.

PBH on April 29, 2014 at 12:55 AM

Give the test to Congress. Or, give it to federal employees. Wonder what the results would be?

VALman on April 29, 2014 at 3:06 AM

I volunteer to tutor the blonde.

Well…somebody has to.

bigmacdaddy on April 29, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Only Atlanta and Los Angeles, two of the 11 urban centers that took the reading exam, showed statistically significant growth in eighth-grade reading from 2007 and 2009. They also were the only two to show growth since 2002.

Resist We Much on April 28, 2014 at 8:27 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/06/education/06atlanta.html?_r=0

Renee on April 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM

X = whatever gives you the highest self-esteem.

Shump on April 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM

X = Government.

- Barack H. Obama

Occams Stubble on April 29, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Home school.

Galtian on April 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

The purpose of voting is not to get the best government but rather to allow change without violent revolution. People were at least as illiterate in the 1780′s when our constitution was drafted; but thus far, our system has worked. There is a problem that the free press has not been the check on bad governance that the founders anticipated in that as an institution they favor a type of governance the founders would not have cared for–large central government with extensive power of individuals and states with redistribution of wealth as its major purpose– and that bias results in giving a pass to cronyism and incompetence as long as the politician adheres to the MSM mindset. How we solve that problem goes beyond literacy tests for the franchise.

KW64 on April 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Consequently, it’s 9 you must accept on all answers. Because 9 is the victim among numbers and we have to make up for 7′s oppression.

Axeman on April 28, 2014 at 8:20 PM

the answer is 42…

todler on April 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM

In America we have free speech as long as it doesn’t offend anyone (except Christians).

claudius on April 29, 2014 at 9:53 AM

I was reading yesterday that a passing grade on the citizenship is 58%. Meaning you can get nearly half the answers wrong and still pass.
BTW, I took the test for fun online and got a perfect score. But of course, I loved study social studies and history in school

ConservativePartyNow on April 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM

It’s amazing how strongly you guys feel that you are better than everyone else simply because you were lucky enough to be born to american parents.

You should probably worry less about those dang “illegals” intent on improving their lives and worry more about the many more natural born americans louddly blaring theur ignirance.

And don’t kid yourselves that the people on this video are different – most of you woukd fail this test too.

everdiso on April 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Who cares? She’s hot.

Ward Cleaver on April 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Wait, what?

Proving that the gubbmint has failed in the past 40 years to educate it’s citizenry means we should lessen the immigration requirements?

What kind of pretzel logic is that? If anything, it should be a call to arms to reform education (not healthcare) and outlaw teacher’s unions.

The Left has gotten what they wanted, an ignorant populous…so their next step is to ‘backfill’ the voter rolls with less informed voters by pushing amnesty.

socalcon on April 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM

And don’t kid yourselves that the people on this video are different – most of you woukd fail this test too.

everdiso on April 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM

I beg to differ, while these ‘man-on-the-street’ pop quizzes are comical and point out a certain lack of knowledge, the quiz takers are not able to avail themselves of the plethora of resources immigrants seeking naturalization do.

The USCIS posts the 100 questions and answers in English, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

Give the videoed contestants a single read through and I suspect there’d be no trouble getting the 6 of 10 correct answers.

http://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test/study-materials-civics-test/100-civics-questions-and-answers-mp3-audio-english-version

socalcon on April 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM

If you can’t keep track of your homework, maybe you shouldn’t be here anyway:

This tear-jerking pro-amnesty PBS documentary uses the “my dog ate my homework” excuse to explain why 4 illegal alien sisters can’t visit their parents back in Mexico.

http://www.visadream.com

Slowly you start to understand they are divided. The parents look at photo albums of their kids in the USA, and talk on the phone with them. Through interviews the viewer discover it has been 16 years since they have seen each other. Why can’t the daughters come to visit? They don’t have their papers in order and it would mean leaving everything, spouse, kids, house, and life because they can’t return if they left. It captures the emotion bottled up inside of immigrant families seen as a daughter explains this with tears in her eyes.

http://www.visadream.com/synopsis/

fred5678 on April 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM

They should have given credit to the women who said John Adams and Benjamin Franklin for writing the Declaration of Independence, or at least allowed her to continue to name all three. Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft, but both Adams and Franklin made modifications.

pedestrian on April 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Blonde chick w big ones = good.

Miami is cool. Must move back.

WhatSlushfund on April 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Blonde chick w big ones = good.

Miami is cool. Must move back.

WhatSlushfund on April 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I called her first.

bigmacdaddy on April 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

louddly blaring theur ignirance.
everdiso on April 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM

says the pot…..

Renee on April 29, 2014 at 12:13 PM

So then why would he pay the fine? What are they gonna do if he doesn’t … ban him?

The Notorious G.O.P on April 29, 2014 at 3:08 PM

so incredibly sad.

screw voter ID … let’s have an intelligence test to qualify to vote.

WaldoTJ on April 29, 2014 at 3:20 PM

I missed one. Not good.

Bmore on April 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM

everdiso on April 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM

You are a miserable lying failure. Not a US citizen, not covered under 0Care.

Bmore on April 29, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Blonde chick w big ones = good.

WhatSlushfund on April 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM

What message is she trying to convey, I wonder?

Jaibones on April 29, 2014 at 7:46 PM