As America’s students head back to school, there are a lot of questions on people’s minds. Will school be online again? Will students return in person? Or will we see some sort of hybrid? People want to know how their students will learn.

But we also need to be concerned about what they will learn, especially in American history and civics. Our country’s future is shaped by what the next generation of citizens knows and believes about our country’s past, the values past generations bequeathed to the present, and our ability to create an even-better future.

The classroom shapes our citizens

Yet, over the last few decades, history and government have too often been pushed aside in K-12 education by federal government testing requirements in reading and math and by a great focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.

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