Ethics & Public Policy Center

History and Civics Education Initiative

EPPC’s History and Civics Education Initiative, directed by EPPC Senior Fellow (and former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities) Bruce Cole, addresses the problem of history and civic illiteracy among K-12 students. Numerous studies reveal that the current generation of students does not have a basic knowledge or understanding of the ideals and ideas that inspired the American Founding. This ignorance presents a serious risk to our country. If we cannot define the ideas and ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, how can we defend them? As President Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

Through the History and Civics Education Initiative, we will analyze the results of the many recent studies of this problem, consult with leading authorities in the field, and develop a comprehensive report outlining the steps that must be taken to improve history and civics education. We will strive to strengthen policy standards, enhance teacher training, and improve the quality of textbooks.

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