Citizenship Test Requirement

PUBLISHED: 4:00 PM 14 Jan 2019

State Moves To Make Citizenship Test Part of Graduation Requirements

There are a number of groups who think that making sure high school graduates understand their basic rights under the constitution is a bad thing.

With a history of fighting liberal indoctrination in public schools, Dennis Kruse is now fighting for a citizenship test for graduates.

Indiana state senator Dennis Kruse, who previously fought the ineffective and idiotic common core curriculum, has recommended a bill that would require high school students pass a citizenship test in order to graduate.

A passing grade on the 100-question citizenship test would be required to officially graduate.

The same examination is used by immigrants to become legal U.S. citizens, if Senate Bill 132 passes.

“There is a deficiency in government and civics knowledge, and it’s getting worse,” the Indiana Republican told reporters.

Many people agree.

With a rise in socialist idealism, it seems patently obvious to anyone who can think logically that students are being shielded from the information they should learn concerning their rights under the constitution.

“Currently, eight states have similar requirements and others require the exam but don’t base graduation on the results. Under Kruse’s proposed legislation, students may take the civics test as many times as need from grades 8 through 12 until they pass.”

“This is not a partisan issue. The test is not partisan,” Micah Clark, of the American Family Association of Indiana said, and most people agree.

Former New York Congresswoman Nan Hayworth supports the bill and believes it is important for the “future” of the nation.

“For the future of our great representative Democracy, the number one thing that we really need to do is have our citizens understand what the Constitution has given us,” the former Republican lawmaker said on “Fox & Friends” Saturday.

“One of the things taken out of the curriculum was civics,” Zappa went on to explain. “Civics was a class that used to be required before you could graduate from high school. You were taught what was in the U.S. Constitution. And after all the student rebellions in the Sixties, civics was banished from the student curriculum and was replaced by something called social studies. Here we live in a country that has a fabulous constitution and all these guarantees, a contract between the citizens and the government – nobody knows what’s in it…And so, if you don’t know what your rights are, how can you stand up for them? And furthermore, if you don’t know what’s in the document, how can you care if someone is shredding it?” –Frank Zappa.

Hayworth connected the drop in civics education in the country to the rising push towards socialism, saying students “don’t understand what it means to have government control every aspect of our lives.”

Not everyone is in favor of the idea. A number of groups have a vested interest in ensuring that the next generations remain ignorant of their rights.

Ken Folks, chief of governmental affairs for the Indiana Department of Education said, “The standards require the students to learn the material at a greater depth of knowledge, than just a test that asks for memorization.”

However, many people remember the benefits of memorization and it is still used today.

“A national survey released in October by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation found that only one in three Americans – or 36 percent – would pass the U.S. Citizenship Test. A major discrepancy could be seen in the different age groups, with only 19 percent of those under 45 years old being able to pass the test.”

Those numbers are horrifying to most people.

Hayworth found the “generational drop-off” figures were dramatic and contended that it’s “crucial” for students to understand the limited responsibilities of federal and state governments.

“If we fail to understand that, we are doomed to [a] downward spiral,” she said.

Kruse led the committee for 10 years, during which he oversaw huge changes in the state’s education policy, including the teacher evaluation system and private school vouchers.

In 2013, he also introduced a bill that would allow reciting the Lord’s Prayer at public schools each day.

Bringing civics requirements back to the public schools would be one step in the right direction, many people argue, and help stem the tide of brainwashed students who have no idea about the United States republic, or ‘for which it stands.”