Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? 89% of high school students in Oklahoma don’t know the answer to this question. For those of you who don’t know who wrote the Declaration of Independence, it was Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. It is the adoption of the Declaration of Independence that we celebrate each and every year on the Fourth of July.
What’s disturbing about the fact that only 11% of high schoolers in Oklahoma know who wrote the Declaration of Independence is the fact that thousands of immigrants know more about our country than our youth. In order to become a US Citizen, an immigrant must pass a citizenship test.
The students in Oklahoma were given 10 questions that could be included on the citizenship test. In order for an immigrant to become a US citizen, they must answer 6 of the items correctly. The question “who wrote the Declaration of Independence?” was only one of ten items, and it wasn’t the only item that students struggled with.
Only 3% of the high school students that took the mock citizenship test with questions such as “who wrote the Declaration of Independence?” would have become US citizens. 92% of the immigrants that take the test each year pass on the first time.
More foreign immigrants know who wrote the Declaration of Independence. Perhaps it’s that our school system is failing our country. I think, however, that the fact that only 11% of Oklahoma high school students know who wrote the Declaration of Independence indicates a far worse problem than our flailing school system. Students just don’t care.
Being American isn’t important to today’s youth. In the past, people were proud to be an American. It was a privilege, not a right. Being American defined someone. Now, it’s almost as if being American is as simple as being born in the USA.
What today’s youth doesn’t realize is that you can’t take being American for granted. While you will always be American once you are born here, being American may not always be as prestigious as it was in the past. If you don’t know who wrote the Declaration of Independence, chances are you don’t know what is necessary to protect the life and liberty we have become accustomed to.
Throughout our history, we have had to fight for our freedom. We have had to fight to keep America great. Eerily, we are becoming more and more complacent and more and more like socialist countries such as France and Canada.
We want everyone to be “equal”. We all want to be able to have the same comfortable lifestyle. We want to fight wars “fair” and we want to be politically correct. That’s not how to keep America great. Not everyone can be “equal” (although everyone should know who wrote the Declaration of Independence … I can’t get over that scary statistic about our youth). America was built on capitalism, where hard work and determination pays dividends. While we should help certain groups of people such as handicapped individuals, children, and the elderly – we shouldn’t have the vast array of costly social programs that we do.
We didn’t build up our empire by fighting wars fair. War is not fair. War is brutal, as well it should be. We did not build up our empire being politically correct. You can’t please everyone all the time. You can’t please Russia while subsequently pleasing Eastern Europe. You can’t please both Iran and Israel.
If only 11% of our youth knows who wrote the Declaration of Independence, we are so screwed. I hate to say it. I hate to admit it. My stomach is in knots thinking of how horrifying the news is. Instead of being a country full of hard working honorable people who fight the good fight to stay on top, we have become a passivist bunch of pansies who want only to please everyone else.
We don’t owe anyone anything. It’s time to stop pretending like it.