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Blogging On History, Science, and Education

Citizenship First

Should citizenship education be an important part of the curriculum in our schools? Robert Pondiscio, who has been a fifth grade teacher and a vice president of Core Knowledge, makes a case for it in the current Atlantic Magazine. He has a simple proposal: by 2026, the 250th birthday of this country, every graduate of an American school should know enough about our nation, its history and its civic traditions, to pass the test required for those who apply for U.S. citizenship.
It is a modest goal and one we should all be able to agree on; perhaps it will help make a dent in the political polarization most of us deplore. I am all for it. Pondiscio argues his case well. For details go to:
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/04/lets-set-a-national-standard-for-our-students-a-really-low-one/274808/
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