The 4th of July is the time when we celebrate our nation -- a time to reflect on the freedoms which we believe are not granted by our government, but are self-evident rights for all humankind.
Time for the Independence Day Quiz which asks, "How much do you really know?" Every day thousands leave their homelands to settle here in the land of the free.
Before they become citizens they are required to take a citizenship test and score 80%. Could you pass this test if you took it today?
Our quiz is made up of 30 questions, of which 20 were once used on the actual citizenship test. We've added a few curveballs (10 additional questions), but a score of 24 out of 30 is considered a passing grade.
You did not learn that your 15-year-old students were pregnant from their answers to vocabulary quizzes. You did not learn how to teach functionally illiterate high school students to appreciate Shakespeare. You did not design lessons to teach students close reading skills by starting with the lyrics to pop songs. You did not miserably fail your honors level students at least in part because you had no books to give them. You did not struggle to teach your students how to develop a thesis for their essays, and bask in the joy of having taught a successful lesson, of having gotten through to them, even for five minutes. You did not struggle with trying to make SAT-level vocabulary relevant to students who did not have a single college in their county. You did not laugh — because you so desperately wanted to cry — when you read some of the absurdities on their final exams. You did not struggle to reach students who proudly announced that they only came to school so that their mom’s food stamps didn’t get reduced.