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Document Number: 9435

Contested Curriculum: How Teachers and Citizens View Civics Education - American Enterprise Institute surveyed 1,000 Americans to find out what they believe high schools should be teaching students about citizenship and whether students actually learn those things. The results were then compared to the findings of an earlier survey of high school civics and social studies teachers. Among the findings: (1) Americans think high-schoolers lack rudimentary knowledge about American history and government; (2) When teachers were asked to rate their confidence that students have mastered important concepts and skills, the results never topped 50 percent for any item. (American Enterprise Institute, June 2011) ...


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