These results "demonstrate that many know surprisingly little" about our government, says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annen berg Center, and offer "dramatic evidence of the need for more and better civics
And it's not just in New Hampshire -there is a growing, nationwide discussion about deficiencies in our civics
programs that have led to widespread confusion about how our systems work.
The push to encourage civics
is not partisan, the AP report asserted.
Given the dramatic increase in civic
engagement after the election, it's no surprise that emphasis on civics
education would be a priority across party and demographic lines," said Cynthia Villacis, icitizen's Director of Polling.
The Center also noted that "77 percent of native-born citizens agreed that all Americans should be able to pass the test," and "60 percent agreed that high school students should have to pass the civics
portion of the naturalization test as a requirement for graduation.
In the first two years after implementing Cyber Civics
, the school's Academic Performance Index score grew from 766 to 878 the highest in the school's history, says Shaheer Faltas, the charter's outgoing executive director.
history, versus 17% of public schoolers; 38% were proficient in civics
, versus 22% of public school kids; and 44% were proficient in geography, versus 25 percent of public school kids.
examines the civic
response to local universities' plans to develop NBLs in three communities: Roxbury, MA; Davis, CA; and Galveston, TX.
By becoming aware of the subjective nature of their civic
beliefs, they can complicate the concepts and application of civics
for their students.
But education officials and policymakers face a host of competing priorities, and support for professional development in civics
has been limited.
O'Connor founded iCivics - a Web-based education project that provides free interactive lesson plans and games for learning civics
- three years after she retired from the Supreme Court in 2006 after 24 years of service.
Arizona's law requires high school students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the civics
portion of the test new citizens must pass.