Civic Learning Round-Up: November

December 5, 2022

In this series, Citizens & Scholars compiles the best recent articles, reports, and research from around the civic learning field. Stay up-to-date on the latest news, trends, and developments in efforts to build effective citizens. 

New Report: Americans’ Civics Knowledge Drops on First Amendment and Branches of Government

After two years of considerable improvement, Americans’ knowledge of some basic facts about their government has fallen to earlier levels, with less than half of those surveyed able to name the three branches of government for the 2022 Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey.

The article highlights 5 key findings: 

  1. Less than half of U.S. adults (47%) could name all three branches of government, down from 56% in 2021 and the first decline on this question since 2016.
  2. The number of respondents who could, unprompted, name each of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment also declined, sharply in some cases. For example, less than 1 in 4 people (24%) could name freedom of religion, down from 56% in 2021.
  3. Over half of Americans (51%) continue to assert incorrectly that Facebook is required to let all Americans express themselves freely on its platform under the First Amendment.
  4. But large numbers recognize other rights in the Bill of Rights and the veto process.

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Young Voters Showed Up—Now Comes the Hard Part

C&S President Rajiv Vinnakota writes in the The Newark Star Ledger how we can impact the next generation of voters.

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Real Talk: Voting Advice for Adults

Two first-time voters give C&S President Raj Vinnakota some advice for adults wanting to encourage young people to vote and be civically engaged.

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