According to CIRCLE (the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), 50 states (including the District of Columbia) teach or offer an American Government or Civics course. However, only 40 states require a high school course in American Government or Civics for graduation. Recently, public schools in the District of Columbia are considering dropping American Government from the list of required courses for high school graduation.
Many researchers of education and politics might question this decision as study after study has found that civic education is directly related to political and civic participation (see CIRCLE reports).
Ironic isn’t it? The nation’s capitol, home of our federal government, wants to loosen the reigns on teaching about our own government and politics.
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