“It’s clear that something has to change when only one-third of Americans can name all three branches of government; when only 23 percent know the First Amendment supports freedom of religion; and when students think President Abraham Lincoln’s significance can be traced back to his beard.”
Jen Kalaidis, “Bring Back Social Studies,” The Atlantic, September 23, 2013
The social studies problem hasn’t gotten better over time. For more on the current problems with Kentucky’s social studies standards and the history they should include, but don’t, click here.
And, to see thoughts from Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor about the decline in teaching social studies, click here.