RESTORING CIVICS EDUCATION AND ENSURING ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES ARE READY FOR ACTIVE, ENGAGED CITIZENSHIP.

Current estimates say that 46.9 percent of eligible voters did not vote in the 2016general election—nearly half of all eligible American voters. Many experts blame a disillusionment with government and a general misunderstanding of how the process works for lackluster turnout year after year.

In 2011, the results from a civics-focused National Assessment of Educational Progress exam revealed that less than half of American eighth graders “knew the purpose of the Bill of Rights on the most recent national civics examination, and only one in 10 demonstrated acceptable knowledge of the checks and balances among the legislative, executive and judicial branches,”

The decline of civics education in schools began in the 1950s and accelerated in the 2000s as schools emphasized courses with more bearing on testing under No Child Left Behind.

Resulting in what Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner labeled the “quite crisis in education. “The practice of democracy is not passed down through the gene pool. It must be taught and learned anew by each generation of citizens,” said O’Connor.

CIVICS EDUCATION INITIATIVE

– The 100 Facts Every High School Student Should Know

The Civics Education Initiative is simple in concept. It requires high school students, as a condition for graduation, to pass a test on 100 basic facts of U.S. history and civics taken from the United States Citizenship Civics Test – the test all immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship must pass.

The Civics Education Initiative legislation allows individual schools to administer the test in a way the school deems as adequate to ensure the requirements are followed. Students may take the test as many times as necessary to pass. By using this well-established test and the study materials provided, the legislation has next to no implementation costs.

The Civics Education Initiative is a first step to ensure all students are taught basic civics about how our government works, and who we are as a nation…things every student should know to be ready for active, engaged citizenship.

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