Internet Sausage: Miscellenaous Bit

by alphamonkey on June 2, 2008 · 4 comments

in Miscellany

The Sesame Workshop has been quietly testing out a new video player that will let users browse through (you guessed it) Sesame Streets clips both new and old. While there are a number of clips available, so far the big hits of old have yet to make an appearance, but I can’t imagine they’d leave those off for long.

Finally, an encyclopedia of rock for the never was! – For Those Who Tried to Rock asks readers to send in their stories of failed rock stardom, of any stripe.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Civic Literacy Test
Last year’s report by the ISI showed that American universities are failing to instill basic knowledge about the foundations of America civic thought, with an average score of 54.2% among college seniors. Take the Civic Literary Test and see how well you do.

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  • dean

    Though I share the group’s interest in civic education, I wanted to point out that the survey is sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, which is a conservative non-profit designed to serve “limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, the rule of law, market economy, and moral norms” – classical liberal virtues. Though good in the abstract, these are also politically charged terms. Many advocates of civic education support the republican virtues of equality, engagement, community, etc. These aren’t mentioned.

    Their conservative slant toward is reflected in some of their questions. For example, there is a question on income levels over the last forty years. When adjusted for inflation, the correct answer is that the poor and the middle class have been worse off while the top quintile has done the best. The ‘correct’ answer is that everyone is better off, while the the richest have done the best. In short, a rising tide has lifted all boats.

    Or maybe I’m just pissed that I got 59/60.

  • .alphamonkey.

    You’re quite right there. There were a number of rather leading questions, however the overall test was good enough for me to give it a nod.

  • Gorlog

    59/60 Thats a really great score! It was totally my lack of Macro that put me at a 54.

    I had a group of 9th graders that stayed after school for a final test review for my Government class take the quiz to see how they would do. As a class and they got a 48. I was pretty proud of a group of public school kids kick’n some civic butt. Not so bad for a group of public school 15 year olds. When I told the econ teacher across the hall was all smiles as well.

  • Katie

    Got 48 out of 60 myself. I didn’t have any Government or Econ in college, so it’s been six years since I considered much of that information. I thought that some of the questions were odd; the war of 1812 question. That earnings question was a bit like asking the percentage of Russian casualties in WWII (in regards to what, on what basis?). The question about Washington’s Farewell Address sounded a bit more like a trivia question (the question the teacher throws in to see if you read to the end of the chapter or not). I will freely admit to never having heard of just-war theory, though.

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