The history instruction of American middle and high school students is in need of a major overhaul. The most recent test administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), sometimes called “The Nation’s Report Card,” shows continuing decline in already low history and geography scores, and flat-lining in civics scores.
These subjects are vital to the education of American citizens, yet too often, teachers are not provided the quality instructional materials and preparation they need to properly instruct the next generation. History, especially, is given short shrift or neglected.
Quality and accuracy are sorely lacking in the history textbooks and programs of study that dominate American education today, where a combination of incoherence and ideological bias have combined to obscure, and even disparage, the larger meaning of American history. That is one reason our schools are floundering, for all the money and effort that we pour into them.