If you read SR regularly you may remember the story I ran a few months ago about interviews with college students in which they demonstrated appalling ignorance about American history, but great knowledge about pop stars and cartoon figures. That was not an outlier result, as this report shows. It is clear not just that people don’t know the basics, but also that they aren’t very interested in learning them. The fact is that Americans may be too ignorant to maintain their democracy.
There must be terrible consequences when ignorance reaches a certain level.