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'Alarming Degree of Ignorance'

Former Supreme Court Justice O'Connor laments the state of education for America's youth.

Sep. 7, 2013

Former Supreme Court Justice O'Connor delivered the keynote address Thursday at the “Transforming America: Women and Leadership in the 21st Century” conference, put on by the Andrus Center for Public Policy. She observed that young Americans’ education isn’t up to snuff.

“Less than one-third of eighth-graders can identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and it’s right there in the name,” she lamented. “The more I read and the more I listen, the more apparent it is that our society suffers from an alarming degree of public ignorance.”

Funny, but we thought the same thing about a few of her Court opinions.

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