The proposed new citizenship test seems to be causing quite a stir [story Dec. 1]. Immigrant-rights activists are worried that the new test, which has been designed to inspire a deeper understanding of American history and government, is too difficult.
Is this a bad thing? Our old test was just basic facts and figures that could be memorized and spit out during the exam.
Any student can tell you that "cramming for an exam" doesn't guarantee long-term knowledge. Instead, the new exam challenges immigrants to understand and take to heart our country's political system as well as our core beliefs and values. It challenges them to actually learn the material.
Everything comes with a price and freedom shouldn't be "free." Clearly, studying should be the price.