Questions on Politics

NAT LYMAN

How much do we, as a school, know about politics in America? In attempt to figure out, I asked every member of groups 4 and 5 five questions about politics in America. Here are the results. The questions were a variety of difficulty (question 4 being the easiest and question 5 being the most difficult.)

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Question 1: Can you name three candidates who are thinking of running for President in 2016. If so, who? (Some of the answers from people who could name them where: Hilary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and more.)

Question 2: How many former presidents is prospective candidate Jeb Bush related to? (Possible answers: 1, 2, 3, 4. Correct answer is 2—his father and his brother.)

Question 3: Can you name the current Secretary of State of America? (Answer: John Kerry.)

Question 4: Do the Democrats currently have a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate? (Answer: NO)

Question 5: Can you name the official name of ObamaCare? (Answer: The Affordable Healthcare Act.)

Lets be honest, the results aren’t terribly impressive. We didn’t get 100% on any questions and on the third question, only 30% of us were correct. That said, the results weren’t the most surprising thing to me—what surprised me more was how many members of 4/5 knew that they didn’t know much about politics. When I asked junior Audrey Buczko to answer the questions, she replied: “Oh gosh, I’m going to do so bad.” Many others had similar reactions. What does this suggest for all of us current or soon to be voters? I’d like to believe that it is simply because it is the middle of a presidency that has been going on for 6 years now and due to the current grid-lock going on in congress, there isn’t much news, however, I think there is a deeper problem. I’m not convinced that it is the student’s fault, because it isn’t just a few of us who don’t know much about politics, it’s a majority. So should it be the teacher’s job to educate us, the students, more on the current events of American politics? I’m not the one to answer these questions, but it may be something worth thinking about seeing as we will soon be responsible for choosing who will represent us in our government.

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