SURVEY: Texas is...One of the Least Patriotic States?
SAN ANGELO, TX -- A new survey ranking the 50 states in patriotism has ranked Texas towards the bottom.
According to a survey by WalletHub, Texas is ranked 46th in patriotism towards the United States. New Hampshire was ranked the most patriotic and New Jersey was ranked the least patriotic by the Washington, D.C.-based company.
The survey scored points in all major cities on two major categories: military engagement and civic engagement. The weighted average of the cities created the score for each state. Out of a possible 100 points, Texas scored 28.66.
Texas was fourth highest in average number of military enlistees, but was ranked 11th for military engagement.
Texas came in at 49th for civic engagement, which measures volunteer workers, percentage of those who voted in the last election, etc.
So, how can Texas and other states improve on their patriotism, starting in the classroom?
"When I was young, we learned what was called “civics” in school, beginning with elementary school," said David Konstan, Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at Brown University. "It was biased in its way, no doubt about it (the United States was just emerging from the Second World War), but we did learn about the Constitution, the way the government works, and what was expected from and due to a citizen. Any such course must have a critical perspective: we don’t want to inculcate mindless obedience to the status quo. What’s more, the world is changing, and what seems right to some may not seem so to others. The issues are delicate, I recognize, but they need to be faced honestly and critically. I trust a citizen body that thinks for itself."
You can read the full study here.
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