Tulsa World: ‘Coin of the realm’

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A civics lesson within a civics test

Last year I hammered the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs in two columns and a couple of blogs after it touted a telephone poll that showed three out of four Oklahoma high school students couldn’t correctly identify the first president of the United States.

The poll — conducted for the OCPA by an Atlanta company — used 10 questions from the federal government’s citizenship test and found fewer than 3 percent of Oklahoma high school seniors would have passed.

Like a lot of people, I think civics and history could be taught better in public schools, but the poll’s results seemed so outrageously low and so convenient for the OCPA’s agenda of charter schools, tax credits for private school tuition and a generally conservative line on education policy that I said something didn’t smell right.

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Bill is the founder of SoonerPoll.com and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004. Under Bill’s leadership, SoonerPoll has become the leading public opinion polling company in the state of Oklahoma conducting more public opinion polls for Oklahoma news media than all other pollsters combined since 2006. Bill’s commitment to go above and beyond the AAPOR ethical guidelines of minimum disclosure ensures that SoonerPoll produces quality results every time. Bill has lectured at Oklahoma State University on developing polling methodologies, data collection processes, and advanced likely voter sampling techniques. Bill also serves as an on-air political commentator for Oklahoma television stations.

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