August 10, 2013

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: National Assessment of Educational Progress ‘Indefinitely Postpones’ Tests of U.S. History and Civics.

The removal of the requirement is a one-two punch: It robs historical-literacy advocates of valuable evidence for our case at the same time that it signals to teachers and administrators that history and civics are just not taken seriously. Almost certainly, this will cause civic and historical education to decay even further than it has.

And that will hurt colleges, too. Already, college graduates demonstrate remarkable ignorance of U.S. history and government. Without up-to-date information on high school graduates’ civic illiteracy, it will be increasingly hard to convince the more than 80 percent of colleges and universities that do not require U.S. history or government to change their ways.

The less they know about U.S. history & government, the less appalled they’ll be by recent departures. Bug/feature?

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