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Lack of civics curriculum priority has longterm impact on students, admins

Education Dive – Shalina Chatlani

“Less than a quarter of 8th graders in the nation are proficient in civics, according to The National Association for Educational Progress’s latest report card from 2014. And in the NAEP’s assessment from 2010, which looked at civics education at the 4th, 8th, and 12th grade levels, the study found that while 4th graders made progress in civics from 1998, 8th and 12th graders made no progress at all. In this assessment just 27% of 4th graders, 22% of 8th graders, and 24% of 12th graders performed at proficient level, meaning that the majority of students don’t have a basic understanding of civics.”(more)

Literacy is fundamental to a free society

The Hill – Bradley Blakeman

“A free society wants its citizenry to be literate and contributing. An authoritarian government needs just the opposite to survive. Literacy is the key that opens many doors and in America we cannot rest until every man, woman and child who are able can read and write. According to a study conducted in late April of 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read. That’s 14 percent of the population. Twenty-one percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read.”(more)