Our kids are failing history, civics

    Recently released National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Nation’s Report Card test results show that most eighth grade students know little about civics and even less about history.
    Specifically, a mere 23 percent of students were deemed proficient in civics and an appalling 18 percent were judged proficient in history.
    Perhaps then it is not so surprising to learn that 57 percent of those students often or always agreed that social studies/history schoolwork is easy. As for civics, 53 percent felt is was always or often easy.
    I’m certain some of you wonder why any of this matters. Perhaps you believe schools should only worry about teaching the STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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“Jesus did not simply die to save us from our sins; Jesus lived to save us from our sins. His life and teaching show us the way to liberation.” (Rachel Held Evans, Inspired, p. 155)