Getting to ‘Yes’ on civics education
Too many Americans know little history and less civics, but efforts to correct those deficits have collapsed because of partisan differences over what should be taught and why. In the absence of a consensus on a one-size-fits-all curriculum, the most feasible approach is to empower school districts, individual schools, departments, and teachers to improve students’ understanding of our governing principles, institutions, and history, and enhance their ability to “create a more perfect Union” by enabling them to evaluate multiple perspectives on difficult issues, with engaging pedagogies.
Originally published: March 19, 2023
Author: David Wippman
Institution: Hamilton College
Published by: The Hill