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Nearly 10 percent of people surveyed think 'Judge Judy' is on The Supreme Court

An alarming 9.6 percent of college graduates think Judge Judy is a member of the Supreme Court. This was just one of the dismal findings from “A Crisis in Civic Education,” a report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), based on a survey of 1,000 adults conducted in August 2015. The study finds that “recent college graduates are alarmingly ignorant of America's history and heritage.”

Other statistics: Nearly 40 percent of college graduates don’t know that Congress has the power to declare war. Only 20.6 percent of respondents could identify James Madison as the “Father of the Constitution.”


Interestingly, older respondents performed significantly better than younger ones. 98.2 percent of college graduates over the age of 65 knew that the president cannot establish taxes, but only 73.8 percent of college graduates ages 25-34 answered correctly on that question.

The report criticizes our educational system and calls for more to be done to give students a civic education on both a high school and a college level. Surveying more than 1,100 liberal arts colleges and universities, the researchers also found that only 18 percent of the schools require students to take even one survey course in American history or government before they graduate.

“In a country that depends upon an educated populace, ignorance of our history and founding documents will be disastrous,” the report states.

To add fuel to the fire, an annual survey by the Newseum Institute found that when people surveyed were asked to identify the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, 43 percent could not even name freedom of speech.

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A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

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They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

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