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What History Class?

During the past decade or so, educational policy and practice appear to have focused more and more upon developing the worker at the expense of developing the citizen.

Charles N. Quigley

The NYT ran a piece lamenting the declining test scores of American students regarding their basic civics education. It appears that our students are not learning the core components of American society. But we no longer teach civics, or history for that matter. The majority of students do not know what “history” is. Rather, educators are instructed to teach them “social studies.”

Now they ask why our students do not know the science (by which I mean a body of knowledge) of their own nation. Crisis, yes. Shock, no.

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