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ISI’s Civics Study

The report issued on Tuesday by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, “The Coming Crisis in Citizenship: Higher Education’s Failure to Teach America’s History and Institutions,” was unfortunately overshadowed by Secretary Spellings’ speech, but it deserves attention.
Writing at his CCAP blog, Richard Vedder concluded by saying,”Finally, one justification for public support of universities is that they help create a common bond among the people, by developing a population with a solid core knowledge of our past, our political institutions, our economy. The ISI results once again confirm what other studies at CCAP suggest, namely that the colleges are not doing an awful lot for the money they receive, and that “education for citizenship”is a scandal in American universities.”
My own comments on the ISI study are here.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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