Ask 14-year-olds in the United States if their neighbors in the north are autocrats.
According to a recent education report, one in three will tell you that Canada may be strong, but it is not free. Canada is not the only country whose government is misrepresented in such negative statements.
One-third of American eighth-graders believe that democracies such as France and Australia are also a kind of dictatorship. recent results from the 2014 U.S. National Education Progress Assessment Exam.
Here is a question with several answer options from the civic language exam:
What do the current governments of Canada, France and Australia have in common?
A. They are controlled by the military.
B. They have constitutions that limit their power.
C. They have leaders with absolute power.
D. They hinder the participation of citizens in public affairs.
Most of the 29,000 protesters – 54 percent – correctly said that all have “constitutions that limit their power.”
But another 23 percent left C. These eighth-graders apparently believed that the leaders of these countries “have absolute power,” and 10 percent said they were “controlled by the military.” In addition, 12 percent incorrectly answered that all three countries hinder the participation of citizens in public affairs.
“I think there is a bigger problem, and that’s something that Americans know very little about Canada,” Bolla University professor Kenneth Holland told the Canadian Channel. National Post.