Wherever NYC students get their knowledge of history, it seems they don’t get it at school. The New York Daily News reports that a mere 27 percent of city eighth-graders passed the state’s 2006 social studies exam, which tested their knowledge on the U.S. Constitution, issues of civil rights and the battles of major wars. To their great chagrin, that class scored far behind those in the rest of the state, where 55 percent passed on average. Learn more (you know you need to) and take the test to find out if you’re smarter than the average 8th grader here.
But while the majority of students may go on to high school without a basic understanding of something as superfluous as American history, we can be comforted by the fact that, once there, at least some will master something as fundamental as architecture.