a. Born in the U.S.A.b. The Star-Spangled Banner c. My Country Tis of Thee d. America the Beautiful e. Gangnam Style
Love this idea:
Ultimately we settled on a modest idea: use the existing U.S. Citizenship Test as a graduation requirement from public high school and admission to college.
The test is fairly simple and straightforward -- the kind of thing every schoolboy knew when schoolboys used to know things: What are checks and balances? Name a freedom guaranteed in the First Amendment. What did Susan B. Anthony or Martin Luther King, Jr. do? There are 100 questions on the test. Would-be citizens are asked ten; answer six correctly and you pass.
Small beer? Without a doubt...
...Education reformers often complain that we lack a sense of urgency, but we also lack a sense of scale. It is all well and good to set big, audacious goals and to raise the expectations for all students. By all means, let's raise the ceiling. But let's also set the floor. Rebuilding our shared national base of historic and civic knowledge is a good and obvious place to start.
Read the whole thing in the Atlantic.