March 1, 2016 5:10 PM

Another reason for our bombastic election? A decline in civics education

Only 9 percent of US high school students can explain why it is important for citizens to participate in a democracy

Only 6 percent can explain why having a Constitution benefits a country

With such a weak grasp of the principles of self-government, voters are bound to be swayed by the loudest candidate rather than the strongest argument

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