Most students cannot identify the country from which America declared its independence in 1776. Most cannot name 3 of the 4 rights described in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Most do not understand the purpose behind the Bill of Rights nor can they describe the key concept of 'checks and balances' between the 3 branches of government. And the vast majority do not know that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.
What, exactly, is the root cause of such widespread ignorance?