PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona became the first state in the nation on Thursday to enact a law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test on civics before graduation, giving a boost to a growing nationwide effort to boost civics education.

Full Disclosure: I have a Degree in Education from Arizona State (but I’m not a teacher-Long Story) 🙂

Both the Arizona House and Senate quickly passed the legislation on just the fourth day of the legislative session, and newly elected Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed it into law Thursday evening.

The swift action in Arizona comes as states around the country take up similar measures. Arizona’s law requires high school students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the civics portion of the test new citizens must pass.

60% in my day was a fail. But I wonder how long it will be before the NEA starts screaming about this and the Liberals start whinging on about “self-esteem” of anyone who’d fail this test.

There was this test called “AIMS” that was also supposed to do this kind of thing. But the minutes someone failed the test and didn’t graduate their was much liberal whinging and lawsuits and “activists” everywhere complaining about “poor kids” (idea being that poor kids in poor schools get a poor education due to funding–no responsibility is taken by the schools, administration or the teachers for the outcomes).

2006: The William E. Morris Institute for Justice, the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and Phoenix attorney Jeremy Butler, filed a class action lawsuit, Espinoza v. State of Arizona, in the Superior Court in Maricopa County against the State of Arizona, the State Board of Education and Tom Horne, the Superintendent of Public Education. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of all students in the Class of 2006 and each succeeding senior class who have met or will meet all the requirements for graduation by the end of their senior year, except they have not passed the AIMS test. The class includes poor students, ethnic and minority students and current and previous English Language Learners.

The Class of 2006 is the first class to have to pass AIMS in order to graduate and receive a diploma. As of December 2005, approximately 10,000 students had not passed the AIMS test.

After a three week bench trial, the court ruled against plaintiffs in September 2008.

But they watered it down to mush anyways.

2013: AIMS will be replaced with the new test for third- through 10th-graders in the 2014-15 school year. An 11th-grade test should roll out the following year. One exception is for science, which will continue to use AIMS for now.

On Thursday, Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that erased AIMS as a graduation requirement.

The New one, Common Core – By King Barack Obama! 🙂

Mind you the only reason they’d fail is because the Teachers aren’t teaching properly in the first place. After all, Liberal socialist indoctrination and “entitlements” are far more important than civics. Gay Pride, Evil White People, and how wonderful socialist “equality” is, and condoms on bananas are more important than understanding Civics.

After all, if you truly understood, then you’d know badly you’re getting screwed, and we can’t have that now can we? 🙂

The test is being pushed nationally by the Arizona-based Joe Foss Institute, which has set a goal of having all 50 states adopt it by 2017, the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. The institute says legislatures in 15 states are expected to consider it this year.

Opposed by the NEA no doubt.

The Foss Institute, whose motto is “Patriotism Matters,” has created a civics institute to promote the test to state legislatures as a way to increase the understanding of basic government by students, with the hope they will be better prepared to be engaged citizens.

But Liberals want socialist sheep to sheer.

Institute president Frank Riggs, a former California congressman who ran for Arizona governor as a Republican last year, said the testing initiative seeks “to ensure the delivery the very basics civics education that every high school graduate should have.”

Joe Foss is a former South Dakota governor and won the Medal of Honor during World War II. He died in 2003.

The North Dakota House of Representatives overwhelming approved the same measure Thursday.

The Arizona law requires students to correctly answer 60 of 100 test questions before they can earn a high school or GED diploma starting in the 2016-2017 school year.

So the NEA better start teaching to the test immediately.

Critics question whether the test, which relies on memorization, is the best way to engage students in civics education.

Well, memorization is used everywhere else, including memorizing incorrect facts about the Founding Fathers and slavery, and history in general.

It’s called “I barf it at you and you barf it back at me on the test” and we both call each other “smart”.

Ducey had urged the Legislature to make the civics test the first bill to hit his desk as governor. He said studies show that students don’t know enough about basic government to grow into effective citizens.

But Liberal don’t want effective citizens, they want moaning, unmotivated, brainless sheep.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, an Arizona native, has supported the initiative. She’s made civics education a prime focus in recent years.

Republican Arizona Senate Majority Leader Steve Yarbrough, sponsoring the bill in his chamber, said that “requiring that students pass this test is not by any means a silver bullet, but I think is a step, a small step forward.”

“And I think we need to encourage the people of America to become more aware of the values of America,” Yarbrough said.

Wow! That’ll piss of The Democrats for sure!

A Democratic senator who opposed the bill, David Bradley, said the test would do nothing to make good citizens.

“My point now is tests don’t make citizens, citizens are tested by their actions,” Bradley said.

Nice platitude. Is that why the Democrats control NO branch of government in this state? Just sayin… 🙂

Joe Thomas of Mesa, a high school government teacher, said he was concerned that having students take a 100-question test would take up an entire class period and will not be an effective way of getting students engaged in civics. He said the test is will require rote memorization rather than something that promotes critical thinking.

Yeah, a class on how evil white people crushed the Native Americans and how evil white people run the government “unfairly” is such a better idea.

“The interest is promoting civics and we want to see students engaged,” Thomas said. “I don’t know if a test engages students.”

Yeah, let’s break out the condoms!

‘Nuff said?

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