The collective grasp of basic history and civics among American students is alarmingly weak. Beyond dispiriting test results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and other measures, poor performance in history and civics portends a decay of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for a lifetime of active, engaged citizenship.
About Robert Pondiscio
Robert Pondiscio is the executive director of CitizenshipFirst, a nonprofit civic education organization based in New York City. He is a former public school teacher and has written extensively about education and curriculum.