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New report finds lack of U.S. history education could lead to misinformation

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Researchers say American history has been filtered out of college level education. A recent study shows eliminating this category of education could contribute to the spread of misinformation.

Researchers found about 10 percent of college graduates believe television personality Judge Judy is a member of the Supreme Court.

Jonathan Pidluzny is the vice president of academic affairs for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the organization releasing the report. He says making American history courses a priority could help to stop the spread of misinformation.

“University presidents should be embarrassed, right? If students are graduating with a collegiate education, who can’t answer questions that are just absolutely basic and essential to informed citizenry. Teaching college students is a first step, right? But it really does trickle down.”

Pidluzny says the goal for colleges should be for students to leave knowing what is fact or fiction.