People take the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s field office on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York. | Frank Franklin II, Associated Press

Proposed changes to the naturalization test will make it harder to become a citizen — even while most citizens can’t pass the current test

SALT LAKE CITY — Around this time every four years, everyone thinks they’re a political expert. Come December or January, though, political conversations revert from being timely to awkward, and the facade of election-time punditry is lost.

That’s probably a good thing. When it comes to politics — or civics in general — relatively few Americans actually know what we’re talking about. That’s what the data suggests, at least: Civic knowledge is at an all-time low, and efforts to educate high schoolers have done little to bolster the public as a whole. And as public knowledge of our nation’s government dips, a last-ditch effort from the Trump administration to make the naturalization exam more difficult seems to hold immigrants accountable for the civic illiteracy on display by the rest of us.

It’s not just that most Americans can’t recite the capitals and …read more

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