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Extending Civics Education, One School District at a Time

Friday, June 14th, 2013

With the majority of high schoolers’ civics knowledge below proficient, one school district in Pennsylvania is looking to revamp its curriculum. Pocono Mountain School District will implement a new full-year civics requirement for its 10th grade class starting this fall, and will rely on the U.S. citizenship test as a benchmark for the curriculum.

Rather than simply offering a semester-length elective civics course, this new year-round civics requirement will help students analyze topics ranging from the meaning of the stripes on the American flag to the presidential line of succession to the movement for civil rights. The goal, according to social studies supervisor Kathleen Smith, is to give students a working knowledge of their government:

“The bigger picture is that students are being provided with a good, solid education that’s going to prepare them to become positive citizens,” she said.

Want to see how well you would fare with the new curriculum? Review some sample questions from the U.S. Citizenship test here!