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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

Losing America’s Memory

Historical Illiteracy in the 21st Century

February 2000 by Anne D. Neal by Jerry L. Martin

This stunning report reveals 81% of seniors from the top 55 U.S. colleges and universities failed a high school level history exam; even worse, that none of the institutions surveyed requires a course in American history, and three-quarters require no history at all. The report inspired Congress to pass a joint resolution calling for a national response and the Education Leadership Council to adopt a resolution to address America's historical amnesia. Over 800 news stories reported on the study.


SELECTED FINDINGS

Executive Summary

Who are we? What is our past? Upon what principles was American democracy founded? And how can we sustain them?—These are the questions that have inspired, motivated, perplexed since the beginning. And they are questions which still elude our full understanding. Continue Reading>>

Press

The Pilgrims’ Magna Carta

Wall Street Journal
November 23, 2001 by Review & Outlook |

If college students have a clear-eyed view of the battle in which the nation is now engaged, we'd wager it doesn't have a lot to do with what they're learning at school. A survey just out… Continue Reading >>

Neglecting History…

Washington Post
July 2, 2000 by David S. Broder |

A question for you before you set off your fireworks: Who was the American general at Yorktown? You have four guesses: William Tecumseh Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur or George Washington.… Continue Reading >>

Word for Word/Pop Quiz; History 101: Snoop Doggy Roosevelt

New York Times
July 2, 2000 by Scott Veale |

Listen up, class. We hate to spoil your holiday weekend, but an alarming new survey of  American history knowledge 2/3–released just days before Independence Day, no less 2/3–suggests… Continue Reading >>