Now, I only heard the very end of a conversation whereby the guest stated the percentages of proficiency at various levels of education for our children. I heard the guest give out the 8th grade marks, and the 12th grade marks. I didn't catch what the numbers were for the 8th graders however I did hear that for 12th graders only 12% of them in high schools across the nation met the proficiency level for United States History..
So I thought that since gov't loves to get involved with everything in our schools from the curriculum to the food that the kids are eating, perhaps they could have a requirement that in order to pass high school and receive a diploma, the graduating seniors, in order to be awarded those diplomas, must be able to pass at the very Minimum, the same test that the prospective citizenry are given. If the children can't pass the test, they don't receive their diplomas. They would then have to attend a summer school course that taught specifically gov't and the Constitution, what we used to call Civics when I went to school.
After all, when one turns 18 years of age in this nation, they are then eligible to vote, on arguably the most important aspects of their future lives. It would behoove them to understand the very basics of how gov't works. I'm sure we've all seen those laugh out loud man on the street segments where Jay Leno or some other nightly talk show host would venture out and ask the citizens the most basic of questions about our gov't, only to see the vast majority fail miserably. Most can't even identify where Washington D.C. is on the map of the United States. Many of these people are college age and I've seen some where they identify that they are in College and majoring in Political Science, history, or some other pertinent subject and they are totally uninformed.
Now, this would be a way to get around the idea, the UnConstitutional idea of having people be able to pass a test in order to vote, and as such perhaps the voters out in the country would be much better informed about gov't and the day to day operations of it. Also, it might just spur these burgeoning adults into taking more of an interest as to what they are voting on and the issues that affect them.