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Nearly 10 Percent of College Grads Think Judge Judy Is on Supreme Court

They never said you need to be a genius to have a college degree. A new poll found that 10 percent of college graduates believed Judge Judy served on the Supreme Court.

The poll, titled, A Crisis in Civic Education, asked 1,000 adults in August various questions. The conclusion? Recent American college graduates are ignorant of history and the country’s current state of affairs.

“They cannot identify the term lengths of members of Congress, the substance of the First Amendment, or the origin of the separation of powers,” the report said, referring to college graduates.

The Hill reports:

The lack of civic knowledge extended to the Supreme Court, where 9.6 percent of college graduates incorrectly identified Judith Sheindlin — who handles small legal disputes on the TV show “Judge Judy” — as a justice. Another 5.5 percent of college grads picked John Kerry, the former senator who is now secretary of State, as a member of the court.

Of those surveyed, the report found only 28.4 percent of college graduates identified James Madison as the father of the Constitution, while 59.2 percent thought the answer was Thomas Jefferson.

Nearly 40 percent of college graduates didn’t know Congress has the power to declare war and less than 50 percent of the college graduates surveyed were aware that presidential impeachments are tried before the U.S. Senate.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, which released the report, said the results of the survey show students are being short-changed.

“Instead of demanding content-based coursework, our institutions have, in too many places, supplanted the rigorous study of history and government — the building blocks of civic engagement — with community-service activities,” the report says.

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