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America’s Broken Civics Education System

In a time when both immigration and education reform are in the public spotlight, AEI’s Christine Hoff Sommers stresses the need to create informed and attached citizens, both foreign and native-born. In an op-ed  in The American, Hoff Sommers argues that schools have drifted away from “the self-confident teaching of American history in our nation’s schools. “

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Adjusting Our Education Priorities

The current debate over education reform tends to focus on preparing students for more profitable careers, but Robert Pondiscio argues that there is a more fundamental priority of public schooling: citizenship. Pondiscio, writing for CNN, describes the need for schools to prepare students to be capable of effective self-government—an early priority of our Founding Fathers.

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State testing and social studies

We reported earlier this month that states are beginning to add accountability measures for subjects other than just the federally-required testing in math and reading. Colorado and Oklahoma, for example, plan to add social studies to their assessments. Last week, Maryland joined the group when Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill that will require high school seniors–beginning with the class of 2017–to pass a test in government to graduate from high school.

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Don’t know much about history…

Yesterday, we wrote about the importance of teaching civic education in schools, and the disagreement about what the best way to do so is. Today, we turn to a related topic: American history.

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