The student group PolitTech created their own version of a popular social experiment where they asked students at Texas Tech various political and historical question about the United States. Predictably, but also disappointingly, the students featured failed to correctly answer the most basic questions.

Students were asked difficult questions like “who won the civil war?” “Who is our vice president?” and “who did we win our independence from?”

Their answers will make you shake your head and wonder what can be done to politically engage the majority of young people.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at