Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.

This 4th of July weekend here is something to ponder: Americans and their lack of knowledge on their own history. A new Marist poll has many saying they are shocked. Why I don’t know, as kids today are not taught. They are given standardized testing, expected to make a certain score while their teachers are tormented with a unfair merit pay system, layoffs, and in-school violence.

We cannot be a great nation without education for all. Thos who do not know history are doomed to repeat it:

Only 58% of residents know that the United States declared its independence in 1776. 26% are unsure, and 16% mentioned another date.

There are age differences on this question. Younger Americans are the least likely to know the correct answer. Only 31% of adults younger than 30 say that 1776 is the year in which the United States broke away from Great Britain. 59% of residents between 30 and 44 report the same. Americans 45 to 59 ““ 75% ““ are the age group most likely to have the correct answer. Among those 60 and older, 60% report that 1776 is the year in which the United States declared its independence.

When it comes to gender, men ““ 65% ““ are more likely to respond with 1776 than are women ““ 52%.

And, for the second year, about one in four Americans doesn’t know from which country the United States declared its independence. While 76% correctly cite Great Britain, 19% are unsure, and 5% mention another country.

Bachmann thinks John Quincy Adams was a founding father, Palin thinks Revere warned the British, our presidents wiretap without warrant, use torture and go to war without consent of Congress. Perhaps the presidency is becoming monarchal because over a quarter of our citizens do not even know who we had to fight to get freedom?!

This is pathetic.