North Dakota to add Citizenship Test for High School Graduates

Did you know many high school graduates don’t know who George Washington is? I know, shocking! Well, there’s a proposal in North Dakota to force high school seniors to take a ten question oral exam, similar to the one applicants to become US citizens have to take. They’ll only have to get six of the questions right, so unless five of the questions are about George Washington (as they obviously should be) they’ll still not have to know who Washington was.

The AP reports that “similar efforts also are underway in South Dakota, Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah…”

Could Georgia be next in the chute?

The effort is being pushed by the Joe Foss Institute out of Arizona, who has given honorary awards to Sammy Davis, Jr. and Jay Leno, so you know they’re a serious outfit.

So which Georgia legislator will be the first to take the bait and pre-file the above bill? We’ll take your bets below, the winner getting the bill that Washington is actually on.




  1. John Konop says:

    A basic consumer finance class teaching students about credit, insurance, retirement……would be very helpful. About 70 percent of people haves very little in assets and or savings when they retire….Also no matter the income bracket about a third of Americans are buried in debt.

  2. jpm says:

    Not as far fetched for Georgia as one might think. In fact, in order to graduate from high school in Georgia a written test with an acceptable score (including writing a couple of lucid three paragraph answers to questions) covering the Georgia and US Constitutions WAS required up until the late 1960’s. UGA was tasked to create a study guide that the questions were derived from. The test was far more difficult than a 10 question oral exam being proposed by the Joe Foss Institute. My copy of the little green paperback is currently on loan to one of our State Representatives or else I could give you very specific publication information.

    Interesting that Mr. Konop has made the connection of teaching basic consumer finance with understanding the basics of liberty as my study guide had a section on the early citizen compacts that preceded the Revolution that stressed self reliance – including the concept that people are responsible for themselves. One of the basic tenants of liberty is personal responsibility so that one can contribute to many.

    Personally – I’d support any State Representative or Senator or State School Superintendent that proposed re-instituting some of the basics of our society such as a more detailed understanding of the contract between citizens and government.

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