Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Discussing the future of ROTC with the Christian Science Monitor,
Praising a new initiative by Dickinson College to strengthen the relationship between liberal arts colleges and military institutions,
No one doubts that math, reading, writing, and science are vital components of a good education in today’s knowledge economy. But so, too, is the study of history and civics. And yet today, some teachers feel that schools concentrate on math and reading at the expense of teaching civics and government.
A recent survey found that 70 percent – 70 percent – of social studies teachers believe that their classes are a lower priority because of pressure to show progress on statewide math and language arts tests.
That’s unacceptable. Schools should not have to choose between teaching math, reading, and science, and civics, government, and history. This must be a “both/and” choice, not “either/or.” [emphasis mine.]